List of Restricted Denver Neighborhoods for Marijuana Cultivation

Published on May 18, 2022

The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has completed annual updates to the Marijuana Facility Location Guide, which contains information about neighborhoods of undue concentration for stores and cultivation facilities, proximity requirements, zoning requirements and other location requirements for marijuana licensing. The Lincoln Park neighborhood has been removed from the list of neighborhoods of undue concentration for cannabis cultivation facilities. While Lincoln Park was tied for the fifth most cultivation facilities in 2021 with 18 locations, one cultivation facility in Lincoln Park surrendered its medical and retail marijuana cultivation licenses in November. Any social equity applicant is now eligible to apply for a new cultivation license in that neighborhood. The lists of neighborhoods of undue concentration are updated on an annual basis. 

The neighborhoods of undue concentration for stores are as follows. No new store locations can open in any of these neighborhoods, and no store can transfer its location into any of these neighborhoods.

  • Overland: 14 locations
  • Northeast Park Hill: 11 locations
  • Baker: 10 locations
  • Elyria Swansea: 10 locations
  • Five Points: 10 locations
  • Valverde: 10 locations

The neighborhoods of undue concentration for cultivation facilities are as follows. No new cultivation facilities can open in any of these neighborhoods, and no cultivation facility can transfer its location into any of these neighborhoods.

  • Northeast Park Hill: 33 locations
  • Montbello: 32 locations
  • Elyria Swansea: 31 locations
  • Overland: 21 locations
  • College View-South Platte: 18 locations

A key part of the largest overhaul in cannabis rules and regulations in Denver history that were enacted in 2021 was protecting neighborhoods with the heaviest concentration of marijuana stores and cultivation facilities from adding any new locations if they are in the top five concentrated areas with those businesses. The top five neighborhoods of undue concentration for marijuana stores remained the same. 

“Continuing to include neighborhoods of undue concentration in the updated marijuana code approved by City Council and Mayor Hancock last year is an important component of our cannabis regulations,” said Molly Duplechian, Executive Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses. “The cannabis industry has provided thousands of jobs for Denver and is a key economic and tax revenue contributor to our community. However, we remain determined to protect neighborhoods from undue concentration, so the history and cultural identity of our neighborhoods are protected, space for diverse business opportunities remain available and youth exposure is limited.”

The information contained in Denver’s Marijuana Facility Location Guide is provided for guidance purposes only. It is a marijuana license applicant’s responsibility to ensure their proposed location does not violate any applicable location restrictions.

About Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses

The Department of Excise and Licenses (EXL) is the central business and professional licensing department for the City and County of Denver. The department issues approximately 150 business license types, including marijuana, liquor, short-term rentals, security guards, residential rentals and mobile food trucks. EXL determines the qualifications for licenses under city ordinance and determines which licenses should be issued, renewed or suspended while ensuring consumer safety, protecting the community and promoting economic development. The department is also responsible for inspections and enforcement of business licensing requirements and the public hearing process that accompanies many business licenses. 

EXL also encompasses Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), originally established in 2014 to recommend, administer and implement policies; oversee and coordinate city agencies; and act as a liaison between Denver and other local, state and federal officials, agencies, and stakeholders. OMP merged with EXL in 2016 and assists with coordination of marijuana regulation, education and enforcement efforts throughout Denver.