Dear Smart Colorado Supporter:
On Monday, April 3rd at 3 p.m., the Denver City Council Marijuana Issues Committee will again consider extending marijuana dispensary hours from 7 p.m. until midnight. Denver, the epicenter of marijuana commercialization, should focus on reducing youth access rather than increasing exposure.
But we need your help! Please contact city council members listed below and ask that they DELAY the ordinance. Currently, rules around the implementation of Initiated Ordinance 300 allowing for social consumption of marijuana are being determined. These are 2 major changes in Denver marijuana policy.
Smart recommends that Denver evaluate the impacts of social consumption on youth for a period of 12-18 months before considering to further extend dispensary hours.
According to the latest state-sponsored Healthy Kids Colorado Survey:
- Nearly half of Denver students reported that they had used marijuana, compared to 38% statewide.
- More than a quarter of Denver students said they had used marijuana in the past month, compared to 21% statewide.
- 29.2% of Denver male high school students reported using marijuana in the past month, compared to 24.4% used alcohol.
- 61% of Denver students reported it was sort of or very easy to get marijuana compared to 55.7% statewide.