It sounds like city officials are now concerned that less than 12 recreational marijuana stores will be opening on January 1st. They fear large, unruly crowds lining up around the block to exercise their new freedom to buy the weed.
“If we have 10 stores open … we could have people camping out overnight with cash in their pocket,” said Denver Councilman Charlie Brown
Yep, no shit, not sure why Denver has dragged its feet so long on licensing.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been especially unhelpful and pathetic in the rollout, essentially still voicing his opposition to marijuana legalization instead of understanding he is here to represent the will of the people, and the people have spoken. I guess we’ll speak at the ballot when he is up for re-election.
Anyways, Denver city officials know the world will be watching Denver on January 1st, so they want to maintain a positive image of the city. The last thing they want broadcast around the world are images of long lines of people wanting to buy marijuana. From the sounds of things, it looks like Denver Councilman Charlie Brown may try to fast track the licensing of some of the recreational stores so we have more than 12 open on January 1st. Let’s hope they can get this done and meet the demand. We'll keep you updated on locations that will open on 1/1/2014.