Northglenn City Council approved the delivery of retail marijuana within city limits at a May 24 meeting. The ordinance passed on first reading. It allows the six total Northglenn-based dispensaries …
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Northglenn City Council approved the delivery of retail marijuana within city limits at a May 24 meeting.
The ordinance passed on first reading. It allows the six total Northglenn-based dispensaries to deliver marijuana within city limits. The ordinance passed with most of the council’s support, except for a dissenting vote from Councilman Antonio Esquibel.
Council passed the ordinance with little discussion, likely because it reviewed the subject in a previous study session. There was also a community meeting on Jan. 14, where residents offered feedback.
“All sounds great, clearly a lot of thought put into it,” one community member wrote in the Zoom chat during the Jan. 14 meeting, according to notes for the May 24 council meeting.
Outside the January meeting, others vocalized their support for the idea. “I’m a big proponent of this idea,” one person commented on a city’s Nextdoor post. There were others, though, who disagreed. “For medical reasons, it’s okay, but the recreational purposes, I don’t agree with that,” read the transcription of one voicemail the city received.
More cities in Colorado are adopting ordinances to allow the delivery of retail marijuana, including Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Thornton. Ordinances for Aurora and Denver include social equity provisions to prioritize disadvantaged applicants. Northglenn’s ordinance doesn’t have such a provision but, like Thornton City Council’s April 19 discussion, advocates called for an amendment.
“We would also like to suggest a possible amendment regarding equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Sarah Woodson, a cannabis social equity advocate and vice-chair of Northglenn’s diversity, inclusivity and social equity board, told councilors.
“What we are asking is a simple amendment to waive third party transporter fees anywhere from three to six years,” Woodson added.
City Clerk Johanna Small said the council can consider such an amendment for the ordinance when the ordinance comes up for a second reading in June.
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