Denver businesses can now apply for social marijuana use licenses

Denver’s voter-authorized program to allow social marijuana use at some businesses is ready for launch, city officials said Thursday as they announced they were ready to accept applications.

But the initial batch of license requests for the first-of-its-kind program may not come in immediately, given the extensive process required to prepare an application.

And the lead proponents of Initiative 300, which Denver voters passed last November, are still considering whether to sue over rules that they say impose too many hassles and make too many locations ineligible because they are within 1,000 feet of schools, alcohol and drug treatment centers, and child-care facilities.

In an email Thursday to other members of a wide-ranging advisory committee that helped suggest rules, Emmett Reistroffer, the I-300 campaign manager, suggested the four-year pilot envisioned by the ballot measure “is set up to fail.”

But Denver Department of Excise and Licenses officials dispute that claim and…

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