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Denver Revised Municipal Code for Medical Marijuana

Denver Revised Municipal Code for Medical Marijuana

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BY AUTHORITY
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ORDINANCE NO. _________ COUNCIL BILL NO.  CB10-1003
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SERIES OF 2011 COMMITTEE OF REFERENCE:
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AS AMENDED 2-14-11 Special Issues
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A  BILL
 
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For an ordinance adopting a new Article XII of Chapter 24, Denver Revised Municipal
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Code, in order to establish local licensing procedures and requirements for medical
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marijuana centers, medical marijuana-infused products manufacturers, and optional
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premises cultivation licenses.
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BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER:
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Section 1.
That a new Article XII shall be added to Chapter 24, D.R.M.C., to read as follows:
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ARTICLE XII
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DENVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA CODE
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Sec. 24-501.  Purpose and legislative intent.
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The Colorado Medical Marijuana Code, Article 43.3 of Title 12, C.R.S., (the
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CMMC) affords to counties and municipalities the local option to determine whether 
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or not to allow and to license certain medical marijuana businesses within their 
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respective jurisdictions.  The purpose of this Article XII is to affirmatively authorize
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such licensing in the City and County of Denver as provided in § 12-43.3-301 (2)(a),
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C.R.S., as amended, and to establish specific standards and procedures for local
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licensing of medical marijuana centers, medical marijuana infused products
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manufacturers, and optional premises medical marijuana cultivation operations.
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Furthermore, this Article XII is intended to exercise the authority granted by the
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CMMC for the city to adopt licensing requirements that are, in some cases,
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supplemental to or stricter than the requirements set forth in state law.
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Sec. 24-502.  Defined terms.
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The definitions set forth in the CMMC, § 12-43.3-104, C.R.S., as amended,
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shall apply equally to this Article XII.  In addition, the following terms shall have the
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meanings respectively assigned to them:
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(1)  “Alcohol or drug treatment facility” means any facility located within a medical
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office or hospital, as these terms are defined by the zoning code, with the primary
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purpose of counseling or providing medical services to patients who suffer from
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addictions to alcohol or drugs.
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(2)  “
Child care establishment” 
means any child care establishment as defined by
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and regulated under Chapter 11 of the city code.
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(3)  “
Department 
” means the Denver department of excise and licenses.
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(4)  “
Director” 
means the director of the Denver department of excise and licenses.
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Sec. 24-503.  Effective date; applicability.
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(a)
Effective date.
On and after July 1, 2011 it shall be unlawful to operate
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any business in Denver for which a license is required under the CMMC without first
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having obtained a local license under this Article XII and a state license under the
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state code.
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(b)
Previous dispensary licenses.
Any medical marijuana dispensary
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license previously issued by the director under the authority of Article XI of this
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Chapter 24 shall expire and shall be of no further force and effect as of July 1, 2011.
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(c)
Receipt of applications for new licensing.
At such time as application
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forms are made available by the state licensing authority, the director shall begin to
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receive and process applications for licensing under the CMMC and this Article XII.
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(d)
Prohibition on new medical marijuana businesses prior to July 1, 2011.
 
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It shall be unlawful for any person to commence operation of any business of 
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selling, offering for sale, distributing, cultivating or manufacturing medical marijuana
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prior to July 1, 2011 unless the person had applied for a license or permit from the
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city on or before July 1, 2010 in accordance with section 24-411, had applied for 
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state licensing on or before August 1, 2010 in accordance with § 12-43.3-103 (1)(b),
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C.R.S., and was otherwise fully in compliance with the requirements of Article XI of 
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this Chapter and the CMMC.
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(e)
No entitlement or vested right to licensing.
No person shall be deemed
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to have any entitlement or vested right to licensing under this Article XII or the CMMC
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by virtue of having received any prior license or permit from the city including, by way
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of example, any medical marijuana dispensary license, any zoning permit, any
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wholesale food manufacturer’s license, or any sales tax license.  In order to lawfully
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engage in the business of selling, cultivating, or manufacturing medical marijuana in
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the city on and after July 1, 2011, any person must qualify for and obtain a license in
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accordance with the requirements of this Article XII and the CMMC.
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(f)
No intent to regulate primary care-givers.
This Article XII is not
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intended to regulate the possession, cultivation, manufacturing, sale, offer for sale,
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or distribution of marijuana by persons who may qualify as primary care-givers within
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the meaning of Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution and applicable
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state statutes governing the conduct of primary care-givers.
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Sec. 24-504.  Relationship to Colorado Medical Marijuana Code; other laws.
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Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, this Article XII incorporates
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the requirements and procedures set forth in the CMMC.  In the event of any conflict
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between the provisions of this Article XII and the provisions of the CMMC or any
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other applicable state or local law, the more restrictive provision shall control.
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Sec. 24-505.  Designation of local licensing authority.
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In accordance with § 12-43.3-104 (5), C.R.S., as amended, and § 2.7.1 of the
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Denver Charter, the director of the department of excise and licenses is designated
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as the local licensing authority for purposes of administering the CMMC and this
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Article XII.  The director is authorized to appoint one or more hearing officers to
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conduct such hearings as may be required under the CMMC or this Article XII, to
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consult with the director with respect thereto, and to certify the record or a summary
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thereof as required by the director along with the hearing officer’s recommended
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findings, conclusions and decision. Any party to such hearing shall have an
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opportunity to file with the director written objections to any such summary, and to
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the recommended findings, conclusions and decisions of the hearing officer, prior to
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the director's decision thereon.
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Sec. 24-506.  Classes of licensing authorized.
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For the purpose of regulating the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, offering
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for sale, and sale of medical marijuana, the director in the director’s discretion, upon
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application in the prescribed form made to the director, may issue and grant to the
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applicant a local license from any of the following classes, subject to the provisions
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and restrictions provided in this Article XII and the CMMC:
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(a) Medical marijuana center license;
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(b) Optional premises cultivation license;
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(c) Medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing license.
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Sec. 24-507.  Licensing requirementsprovisions applicable to all licenses.
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(a)
Criteria for licensing; waiver of public hearings.
The director shall
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consider and act upon all local license applications in accordance with the standards
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and procedures set forth in the CMMC and this Article XII; provided, however, no
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public hearing shall be required for any class of licensing pursuant to § 12-43.3-302,
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