Starting Monday, May 1, Dispensaries in Denver, Colorado will be able to serve consumers for an extra three hours. The Denver City Council approved the recently introduced measure by a vote of 11-2, expanding dispensary hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Opponents of the bill, believing the extended hours would be bad for surrounding neighborhoods, attempted to amend the hours so dispensaries either opened at 10 a.m. (an hour later) or closed at 9 p.m. The bill saw support from Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, and as a result, dispensaries will operate into the night and see more business.
The news means Denver’s dispensaries can compete with its neighboring cities, Aurora and Glendale; those cities’ dispensaries can stay open until midnight. Denver’s new hours mean citizens in the city proper will no longer have to take a nighttime drive to procure legal cannabis.
Overall, this action represents a logical step in Denver’s continued progression with legal cannabis by providing locals and tourists with convenience.