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Denver social marijuana use initiative qualifies for ballot after competing measure rejected

Jon Murray
The Denver Post

Marijuana activist Emmett Reistroffer and cannabis consultant Kayvan Khalatbari hand deliver more than 10,800 signatures for a public cannabis use ballot initiative to the Denver Elections officials. Backers of a Denver initiative that would allow adults to consume cannabis in regulated, neighborhood-approved consumption spaces submit a petition to city officials on Friday, August 12, 2016 with more than twice the number of voter signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

Days after rejecting a competing measure for the November ballot, the Denver Elections Division on Thursday approved a proposed initiative that would allow social use of marijuana in some businesses.

City voters will decide whether regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, should be able to create indoor or outdoor consumption areas for bring-your-own marijuana products, under certain conditions. The most significant condition would require that an application for an annual or temporary permit receive backing from a neighborhood group, such as a city-registered neighborhood organization or business improvement district.

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