Denver’s Neighborhood Supported Social Use Campaign

Denver Social Use 2016

Please see below for important information about The Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program (NSCCPP)… The Marijuana Policy Project, Vicente Sederberg and local business owner, Kayvan Khalatbari’s effort to pass an initiative that would provide adults with safe and supervised consumption environments, comparable with alcohol regulations, and to provide cannabis consumers access to traditional social environments without being segregated from mainstream society.

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via SocialUse.org: The Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program (NSCCPP) was designed with the interests of both cannabis consumers and Denver neighborhoods in mind and requires all cannabis consumption permit holders to engage local neighborhoods before gaining approval from the city, to ensure neighborhood compatibility and to address all community concerns. The initiative empowers eligible neighborhood organizations to be involved in the permit approval process, by providing input on permit restrictions to protect the interests, health, safety and welfare of the surrounding community. It provides maximum flexibility in terms of the type of establishments that may allow social cannabis use, but balances that flexibility with a permitting process that incorporates community input to ensure the establishments are not only properly regulated but also have local support.

Especially in Business Improvement Districts, this initiative empowers local business owners to create a differentiation in their business model to bring local consumers to their underutilized areas, while working with their eligible neighborhood organizations to do so in a manner that is respectful of community culture and existing priorities for the neighborhood.  With oversight from law enforcement, fire and health officials, as well as the Director of Excise and Licenses, all cannabis consumption establishments must fulfill robust safety and security requirements in order to maintain a cannabis consumption permit. As this is a new endeavor for all stakeholders, this proposed ordinance has a sunset provision that dissolves this ordinance after four years from passing if it has not been extended by City Council or voter initiative prior to that time. The ordinance is set to expire December 31, 2020 unless extended by city council or a future voter initiative.

Summary:

• It will allow for limited social cannabis consumption by adults in designated consumption areas within establishments that choose to allow it, once they have received support from their local registered neighborhood association.

• It will NOT allow the of use cannabis in public places, such as sidewalks, alleys, or parks. or within 1,000 feet of anywhere children congregate.

• Cannabis consumption will only be allowed in establishments or areas within establishments that are (1) restricted to adults 21 years of age or older, and (2) not visible to individuals outside of the restricted areas where consumption is allowed.

• The social use of cannabis will be regulated as far as where and when it can take place.

• Any establishment that chooses to allow social cannabis use will be required to comply with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which means only non-smokable forms of cannabis, such as vaporizers, will be allowed indoors. Smoking cannabis will only be allowed in areas where smoking is currently allowed and that are not visible to the public.

• Any venue or business, including restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more, will have the option of allowing the responsible consumption of cannabis.

• Establishments allowing cannabis consumption will be subject to regulation in a manner similar to alcohol, though will need to garner at least one additional approval from a registered neighborhood organization prior to applying for a permit with the city.

• This is a pilot program, which will sunset in 2020 unless extended by city council or an additional voter initiative.

Ballot Title:

Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance that creates a cannabis consumption pilot program where: the City and County of Denver (the “City”) may permit a business or a person with evidence of support of an eligible neighborhood association or business improvement district to allow the consumption of marijuana (“cannabis”) in a designated consumption area; such associations or districts may set forth conditions on the operation of a designated consumption area, including permitting or restricting concurrent uses, consumptions, or services offered, if any;  the designated consumption area is limited to those over the age of twenty-one, must comply with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, may overlap with any other type of business or licensed premise, and cannot be located within 1000 feet of a school; a designated consumption area that is located outside cannot be visible from a public right-of-way or a place where children congregate; the City shall create a task force to study the impacts of cannabis consumption permits on the city; the City may enact additional regulations and ordinances to further regulate designated consumption areas that are not in conflict with this ordinance;  and the cannabis consumption pilot program expires on December 31, 2020 or earlier if the City passes comprehensive regulations governing cannabis consumption?

Read the full initiative at SocialUse.org

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