ENGLEWOOD, CO. 4 May, 2015. Tonight a Denver suburb will conduct its final reading of an ordinance banning any new medical marijuana dispensaries. Recreational dispensaries are already banned in the city of Englewood, and the City Council is now seeking a strict limit for medical cannabis availability within its borders. The city news release cited “strong citizen opposition to previous license applications” as a reason for the measure.
Englewood is currently home to three licensed medical marijuana dispensaries with a fourth waiting to open, according to city officials. City Councilman Rick Gillit recently criticized members of the city’s medical marijuana licensing authority for voting to approve a new dispensary on South Federal Boulevard despite 75 residents opposing the store in a licensing hearing, according to a report from Fox 31 Denver.
The amendment under consideration at tonight’s meeting was passed by the council on 20 April, and will cap the number of dispensaries in Englewood at four. The council’s preliminary approval was handed down amidst the celebrations known as “420,” which are widely seen as a holiday by recreational cannabis supporters.
Amendment 64’s recreational pot provisions have been a thorn in Englewood’s side since Day One. In October, 2012 the city council tried to get ahead of the election ballot outcome by unanimously approving a moratorium on recreational pot businesses, which were subsequently sanctioned by Colorado voters. “The last time, with medical marijuana, we got behind the eight ball, and we were not ready for the distribution centers to come in,” Englewood Mayor Randy Penn said, explaining why the council took action on a measure that hadn’t even passed yet. “We want to just make sure we’re doing everything properly and we have everything in line.”