Looks like Denver residents will be voting in November on whether they want to allow marijuana social clubs and special events in the city. Advocates of the concept just submitted the proposed language for such a measure to the city, as proponents had told us they would earlier this month.
"Submission of our proposed ordinance language for review and comment to the city council and city attorney is the first step,” said Denver NORML Executive Director Jordan Person, who also is serving as executive director of Responsible Use Denver, the effort’s campaign committee, in a release this morning.
“By law, city officials can’t require changes in the ordinance, but they can comment, make suggestions for improvement, and ask questions, and so can citizens at the public hearing,” Jordan continued. “The city has ten days to respond. We’ll consider their input, finalize the language, and then start gathering signatures to put it on the November ballot.”
The ordinance would legalize private 21+ marijuana social clubs and private 21+ events where marijuana can be lawfully consumed. Clubs could not sell or distribute marijuana, and bars, nightclubs and restaurants could not become private marijuana clubs or host special events.
Once the language is approved and petitions start circulating, NORML shouldn't have much trouble collecting the required amount of signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. Backers of last year's Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative turned in more than double the number of signatures necessary for ballot approval, but subsequently withdrew the proposal after agreeing to work with other stakeholders in the city to create rules allowing marijuana clubs.
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When those talks failed to generate an acceptable compromise, NORML decided to take the issue back to a vote of the people.
The document submitted by NORML can be read in its entirety below: