Cannabis Dispensary owners in Denver heard some good news Monday afternoon when the city announced they can remain open.
Earlier in the day, while announcing a new self-quarantine and business closure mandate for Denver residents, Mayor Michael Hancock didn’t mention recreational marijuana dispensaries as essential businesses, meaning they would have to close by 5 p.m. MT Tuesday. Liquor stores also were required to close under the order.
But hours later, the mayor reversed his decision, according to the Denver Post.
After the initial announcement of the closures – which were to last until April 10 – people formed long lines around adult-use cannabis retailers and liquor stores.
When he announced his reversal, the mayor ordered recreational marijuana retailers and liquor stores to ensure there is a distance of at least 6 feet distance between individuals in their stores.
Medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to stay open under Hancock’s original order. That status was not affected by his reversal.