FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2019
CONTACT: Luke Niforatos [email protected] 303-335-7584
Denver City Council Fails to Pass Pot Consumption Site Setback Reduction
Bill would have allowed pot consumption sites to be 500 feet closer to daycare facilities, treatment centers, and parks.
(Denver, CO) – Tonight, the Denver City Council voted 7-5, missing the 9 votes required to pass a bill that would have allowed pot consumption sites to be closer to areas where children congregate. Luke Niforatos, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Senior Policy Advisor and Marijuana Accountability Coalition (MAC) spokesperson released the following statement:
“We are thankful to the 5 members of the Denver City Council who voted in opposition to allowing pot consumption sites to be closer to areas where children and those with substance use disorders congregate. While this is a victory for the city, it is unthinkable that a majority of the council would vote in favor of such a measure- it would have passed had the bill received 9 votes. Unfortunately, Denver continues to roll out the red carpet to the Big Marijuana industry in spite of its blatant violation of state and federal laws as well as it’s targeting of youth. Foreign pot shops are operating in Denver- a violation of state law, 70% of pot shops are recommending products to pregnant mothers – also a violation of state law, and we continue to see child-friendly candies and other products. We will continue to apply direct pressure on all members of statewide and local governments to hold this Big Tobacco-type industry accountable and refuse their endless requests for a longer leash.”
About MAC: The Marijuana Accountability Coalition (MAC) is a coalition made up of individuals and organizations united for one common purpose: to fearlessly investigate, expose, challenge, and hold the marijuana industry accountable. If you care about the future of Colorado and holding Big Tobacco 2.0 (The Marijuana Industry) accountable, please join us.
About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.