BOULDER — Beginning in January, the five licensed marijuana shops in unincorporated Boulder County will be able to stay open three hours later at night, under a regulatory revision the county commissioners endorsed Thursday.

Liz Graves, the county staffer who handles marijuana licensing, told the commissioners that several such businesses have requested being allowed “greater hours of operation” than the 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily time frame that the county’s current code permits them to be open to customers.

Graves said that a recent change in state regulations allows medical and retail marijuana stores to operate until midnight.

However, the state permits local governments to set their own on-premise hours-of-operation rules.

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