Denver council deadlocks on pot industry caps

Posted at 8:33 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 10:33:57-04

After a rare floor battle to reshape a proposal that would set location caps for Denver marijuana shops and grow houses, City Council supporters early Tuesday failed to muster a majority for a test vote.

The 6-6 deadlock just after 1 a.m. killed the measure rather than advancing it to a final vote next Monday.

But sponsor Robin Kniech said after the meeting that she planned to refile her bill directly on the floor next Monday. She said it would include two smaller amendments that were adopted by the council before the proposal failed.

The ill-fated vote ended an unusual night that saw five hours of amendment debates, dueling public testimony and Kniech's final plea to approve the proposal.

"A no vote on this bill does not get you a more stringent bill," she told her colleagues, asking them to recognize compromises that had been incorporated into it.

The current moratorium ends May 1 but the bill's sponsor plans to resubmit. The biggest issue left on the table has to do with pending licenses. Read the whole story at The Denver Post.


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