Denver Releases Draft Licensing Legislation


The City and County of Denver has released draft legislation expected to be enacted in the second or third quarter of 2021 concerning delivery, hospitality, social equity, and a permanent moratorium on most new licenses.

The legislation proposes a permanent moratorium on new medical stores and cultivation facilities and on all retail licenses until 2027, other than for social equity applicants, testing labs, research and development facilities, adding retail to a co-located medical facility, and converting existing medical licenses to retail. All applicants must make and publicize a social impact plan.

Retail and medical delivery licenses would be issued to stores and transporters beginning in July 2021, and hospitality licenses will also be available. Further changes include updating Denver’s ordinances to be consistent with changes in Colorado law in the past few years.

The Denver Department Excise and Licenses will be holding stakeholder feedback sessions via Zoom on December 15 and 17.

Please contact the McAllister Garfield team at 720-722-0048 or if you would like to discuss the draft legislation. We will be following this process closely.


Dan Garfield