Protect Denver residents from the smells and harms of secondhand marijuana smoke. Keep outdoor marijuana smoking areas away from homes.
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Initiative 300* (passed by Denver voters) will soon permit local businesses and special events to allow marijuana consumption in public places.
Designated areas that allow marijuana smoking will be outside on patios or rooftops of businesses in Denver (because the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits indoor smoking). Marijuana consumption areas will be permitted in more locations than marijuana stores, including right next door to homes! The hours of operation may be from 7 am until 2 am. There will be concentrated marijuana smoking (with its odor and harmful chemicals) for hours on end. This could affect your personal enjoyment of your residence and make it unsafe and unpleasant for children to play outside in their own backyards.
Businesses allowing marijuana consumption may be located in any zone lot where the underlying business is permitted, including coffee shops, yoga studios and book stores. It will especially impact small commercial districts embedded within residential districts (like Tennyson, Lowell, Pearl and Gaylord Streets, to name a few). In addition, any private undeveloped lot or parking lot may be used (with a permit) for a marijuana consumption special event.
The draft rules state that no marijuana consumption permits will be issued for "[a]ny location that is situated in a residential zone district as defined by the zoning code of the City." This proposed rule doesn't go far enough to protect Denver residents because residential zoning can be building by building, not just block by block. It will not stop a business located right next door to or across an alley from a residence from allowing outdoor marijuana smoking.
Please sign this petition opposing outdoor marijuana smoking areas near residences! Demand the rules require a buffer zone between homes and consumption areas so the smoke, smell and harmful chemicals can dissipate.
Pass this petition on to your friends.
Come to the public hearing to voice your concerns regarding the rules and regulations.
June 13, 5:30 pm at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.G.2.
Comments may also be sent directly via email to MarijuanaInfo@denvergov.org until June 13.
*The draft rules and regulations to implement I-300 were released May 11, 2017. Link:https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/723/documents/Social%20Consumption%20Rules%20DRAFT%205-11-17.pdf
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