Brighton Approves Marijuana Sales and Social Equity Dispensaries – Westword

Brighton is the latest Colorado municipality to get into the commercial marijuana trade, approving a new dispensary ordinance that will allow four stores to open in town.

Under the measure, two of the dispensary licenses will be set aside for business owners who qualify for social equity designations intended to benefit communities that were impacted by the drug war. Applications for the four stores will be accepted starting March 1, according to a presentation before the final vote by Brighton City Council on Tuesday, February 6.

Members of Brighton’s former council approved an ordinance allowing medical and recreational marijuana sales on first reading last October, but the second and final reading was postponed until the four new councilmembers could take office. After a study session in which a handful of changes to the ordinance were discussed, an amended version  passed, 7-2.

The approved marijuana ordinance only permits dispensaries in the city, and not growing operations, extraction facilities or infused-product manufacturers. But it also expanded the areas in which marijuana sales could take place, doubling the number of commercial zones available while also qualifying areas zoned for light industrial use. All other zoning districts in Brighton, including commercial office, downtown and local retail districts, would

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