15 November 2016
The Denver Post reports..
Denver’s ballot measure allowing social marijuana use at some businesses has passed, with updated results Tuesday leaving too few uncounted ballots to flip the result.
Supporters immediately pivoted to discussing how implementation of Initiative 300 might look — a question that city officials will need to address in coming months. City attorneys also will be tasked with addressing legalities under state law involving the consumption of marijuana in some publicly accessible places.
Jon Murray, The Denver PostEmmett Reistroffer, center, the campaign director for the Denver Initiative 300 social marijuana ballot measure, discusses what comes next at a news conference on Nov. 15, 2016, outside the City and County Building. He was joined by activist Mason Tvert, left, and Maureen McNamara, owner of Cannabis Trainers.
Initiative 300 has received support from 53.4 percent of the 308,466 Denver voters who weighed in on the issue, according to a results update that reflected 26,272 more ballots counted late Monday and Tuesday. Perhaps 6,000 or fewer ballots remained to be counted in the main processing of the Nov. 8 election, according to an earlier estimate from Denver Elections spokesman Alton Dillard.
That is far less than Initiative 300’s current winning margin of 21,120 votes, or 6.8 percentage points.
The measure — which calls for the creation of a four-year pilot program — would allow businesses, from bars to cafes and even yoga studios, to seek city-issued permits to create “consumption areas.” They first would need to obtain backing from a single local neighborhood or business group.
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses is now charged with developing rules and regulations for that permitting system.
The only deadline officials face is that they have 60 days after the election results’ certification on Nov. 22 to make a permit application available. That means interested businesses could begin applying in late January
Here’s the full text (pdf) of Initiative 300