In November 2016 Denver voters approved Initiative 300, granting businesses the ability to apply for a permit to allow for adult marijuana consumption in designated areas.
Applications are now available at the Denver Excise & Licenses office; however, applications will not be accepted and permits will not be issued until final rules and regulations are adopted. Once rules are adopted, applications will be accepted and permits will be issued. Businesses may not begin operating a designated social consumption area until after they obtain a valid permit to do so from Excise & Licenses.
Excise & Licenses is leading the rulemaking process to establish a robust regulatory structure for businesses that wish to pursue this new license. The Social Consumption Advisory Committee (SCAC) met six times in early 2017 to make recommendations to Excise & Licenses on possible rules and regulations related to the administration and regulation of Initiative 300. Members of the SCAC consisted of city, community, business and public health representatives, and other stakeholders.