Marijuana Social Equity

In April 2021, Mayor Michael Hancock signed Council Bills 21-0216(PDF, 402KB) and 21-0217(PDF, 209KB) into law, creating a comprehensive social equity program for marijuana licensing in Denver. To promote social equity in Denver’s marijuana industry, Denver's marijuana code: 

  • Adopts the definition and criteria for Social Equity Applicants established by the Colorado legislature in House Bill 20-1424;
  • Removes the cap on retail store and cultivation locations and allows only Social Equity Applicants to apply for new retail store and cultivation locations until July 1, 2027;
  • Provides Social Equity Applicants with exclusive access to medical and retail marijuana manufacturing licenses and medical and retail marijuana transporter licenses until July 1, 2027;
  • Offers waived or reduced application or license fees to Social Equity Applicants;
  • Adopts a marijuana delivery permit pursuant to the marijuana delivery framework created by the Colorado legislature in House Bill 19-1234, and provides licensed transporters owned by Social Equity Applicants the exclusive ability to conduct deliveries on behalf of stores until July 1, 2024; and
  • Adopts a marijuana hospitality license and retail marijuana hospitality and sales license pursuant to the hospitality framework created by the Colorado legislature in House Bill 19-1230, and reserves these new license types for Social Equity Applicants only until July 1, 2027.