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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 22, 20172min661

The conservative Centennial Institute blasted out the email equivalent of a high-five following news over the weekend that the organizer of the annual 4/20 rally in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park will be denied an event permit for the next three years. The Colorado Christian University-affiliated thank tank and advocacy group’s director, Jeff Hunt, not only welcomed the development but also took some of the credit for it after having launched a petition drive to stop the free-wheeling pot fest:

VICTORY!

We just received breaking news that Denver Parks and Recreation and the City and County of Denver have banned the 4/20 rally for the next three years and are fining the organizers over $12,000.

City leaders agreed with us, the 4/20 rally was out of control.

Marijuana was smoked openly and publicly, flagrantly violating both state and federal law, all while in the presence of children and infants. Civic Center Park, a national historic landmark, was left covered in trash, costing taxpayer money to help clean up. Furthermore, organizers did not provide adequate security for attendees, event staff, or the citizens of Denver. …

Centennial, which is no fan of recreational pot use and bills itself as, “Advancing Faith, Family and Freedom,” had gathered more than 4,000 signatures. Hunt turned those in to Denver City Hall last week, which he notes in his email, adding:

The Mayor and the City of Denver listened and terminated future 4/20 rallies for the next three years. We thank Mayor Hancock and Denver Parks and Recreation leadership for protecting the interests of Denver citizens.

 


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMay 12, 20178min92

The first of Denver’s marijuana social consumption permit applications are expected this summer, after proposed rules and regulations called for under Denver’s Initiative 300 are adopted. Ashley Kilroy, executive director of the city’s Department of Excise & Licenses, discussed the main provisions of the ordinance establishing the four-year pilot program and the proposed timeline for implementation at a recent City Council Special Issues Committee meeting.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyApril 25, 20176min133

In one of the reddest cities in the state and the country, three political progressives were elected in landslides to the Colorado Springs City Council earlier this April. Though those City Council seats are nonpartisan, Dawn Haliburton-Rudy says it’s the first steps in changing the political geography of the long-time conservative stronghold in El Paso County. “If we can create monumental shift within our political landscape, that holds huge implications nationwide,” Haliburton-Rudy said.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 11, 20179min86

Instead of a sought-after additional five hours of business, Denver's recreational marijuana dispensaries seem likely to be allowed three extra hours, and city coffers could see between $664,000 to $1.3 million in extra revenue if all those dispensaries decided to take advantage of the extra hours that may soon be allowed under a City and County of Denver policy change. But the idea is not unanimously supported on Denver City Council or by the body's constituents. Currently, Denver’s hours of operation for both medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. State regulations allow all marijuana dispensaries to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight, subject to local regulation. Many other Colorado municipalities allow dispensaries to stay open until either 10 p.m. or midnight, including Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, Edgewater and Glendale.