Neighbors May Get To Weigh In On Colorado Pot Shops

DENVER (AP) — Future marijuana shops in Colorado could face more neighborhood reaction before opening their doors. That’s under a looming legislative recommendation to address one of the biggest complaints with current medical marijuana shops — that neighbors don’t always know they’re coming.

The head of a House-Senate pot committee announced Thursday that the panel would propose a requirement that local governments hold hearings to gauge neighborhood reaction before granting licenses for marijuana businesses.

The proposal would be similar to requirements for “needs and desires” hearings for liquor licenses.

The legislative pot committee planned to work through the weekend to finish proposals on how marijuana should be grown, taxed and sold. The drug will be regulated by the Department of Revenue, which sent representatives Thursday to assure lawmakers they’re ready for the job.

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