More Denver pot shops go recreational

9news_logo_smallDrive down Broadway in Denver and there’s something new you may notice going up in the windows of medical pot dispensaries: notices. They are large black and white placards, the same design as new bars and liquor stores put up when applying for licenses. In Denver, pot shops must also post a map showing the area considered the shop’s neighborhood.

Only people who live or have businesses in that area get to comment for or against the recreational license. In Denver, the sign is going to tell you to come to a courtroom in the city and county building, where a hearing officer will hold conduct the one and only public hearing on the license. This is the only chance for public comment.

On Thursday, the city held hearings for five shops with applications. No one showed up to object.

“We did not receive any opposition,” said Andy Betts, who manages a Denver Relief dispensary. “We took sort of a pro-active approach to this.”

Betts says his shop alerted all neighboring businesses to the plan to begin recreational pot sales. Being a good neighbor is what shops have to prove in the hearing. For instance, responding to a complaint for the business next door.

“Our one complaint that we’ve ever had was for odor from them,” Betts said. “It was immediately addressed. We’ve taken measures to deter that. We’ve got charcoal filters in the ceiling and odor neutralizers in the ceiling.”

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