Denver voters adopt social consumption measure
Last update: November 16, 2016
After an unexpectedly large voter turnout in Denver, and a prolonged vote count effort following Election Day, it was announced that Denver Initiated Ordinance 300 (I-300) passed. This landmark measure authorizes approved businesses to allow adults to consume marijuana on their premises. Denver is now the first community in the U.S. to pass an ordinance that allows existing businesses to cater to adult marijuana consumers. It’s the right result, considering that alcohol — a more harmful substance — is widely available at restaurants, bars, and public venues throughout the city.
Three harmful measures aimed at banning marijuana businesses failed at the ballot by wide margins. The city of Pueblo’s Question No. 300 failed 42 to 58%, while the county’s similar measure — Ballot Measure 200 — also fell short with a vote of 45 to 55%. Englewood’s similar prohibitionist measure failed 39 to 61%.
Election Day was a huge win for the marijuana reform movement around the U.S., and votes in local elections in Colorado were an important part of this historic step forward. Congratulations to the many reform advocates who worked so hard. Great work, and great wins! Once again, residents in Colorado have taken a leading position in the policy reform movement.
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Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains
In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.
If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.