Marijuana: Denver will hand out retail marijuana business licenses at 8 a.m. today

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Get out the cameras: The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses will begin handing out its first retail marijuana businesses licenses at 8 a.m. today. These are for businesses that have already received their state licenses -- Colorado began sending out 348 of those on Monday to applicants in more than 25 municipalities that are allowing retail marijuana sales -- and have jumped through all the hoops to get their local licenses and appropriate permits. In the case of already-existing dispensaries that want to sell recreational marijuana, that means dividing the retail area from the MMJ area, and creating separate entrances for both.

As of December 23, when the state sent out its first round of licenses, 42 retail marijuana business applicants had completed the City and County of Denver's business licensing process, which means they could receive their city license in time to began operations on January 1. That total includes stores, grow facilities and infused product manufacturing facilities.

All retail marijuana store licenses issued in Denver will be listed on the Excise and Licenses site complete with a map, starting at 5 p.m. today. There are no stores listed there now, but you can check out the page here. It already includes links to hearing dates, documents, other agencies -- and Denver's official marijuana rules page that the city's marketing department rolled out on December 9, and basically welcomes you to marijuana use pagea World of No. (See one of the graphics from that site below.)

At 5 p.m., Excise and Licenses should be telling you where you'll hear "yes" on January 1.

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Native Tint
Native Tint

and for those that dont like the fact we have truly legalized weed... move on outta here, or get used to it.

Jeffrey Von Stetten
Jeffrey Von Stetten

Dude this is a huge step forward for having the peoples will respected and legislation reform. The stingy short sided greedy ass people at the top of this comment section can take a hike. You help nothing. Show some happiness that something good is taking place you guys, don't be so jerky.

Michael Price
Michael Price

Wow. Top comments really suck on here. C'mon people!

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

And yet, the world continues to spin. :)

Amber Hunt
Amber Hunt

Yup, they went stupid, let's see how that goes. #greenthumb...

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

They dont just hand them out!..get out your camaras!oh please westword...drama instead of education..be a more responsible what ever you are..

Rian Milehigh
Rian Milehigh

%35 tax on pot; good thing I have friends who grow, and friends with their card...

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