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Denver to accept applications for marijuana-dispensary licenses starting Feb. 8

Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses said Wednesday it will begin accepting applications for the city’s new medical-marijuana dispensary license on Feb. 8.

Applicants must submit a lease or deed, description of products and services to be provided, floor plan, security plan, area map, zoning permit, city sales tax license and a burglar alarm permit with their license application.

Also, dispensary managers and others holding a 10 percent or greater ownership share in the business must be present at the time of applying for the license to be fingerprinted.

The license process was created as a result of the Denver City Council’s Jan. 11 approval of regulations governing medical pot dispensaries.

The new rules — which take effect March 1 — also ban medical-pot distributors established after Dec. 15, 2009, from operating within 1,000 feet of schools and day-care facilities. They also could not operate within 1,000 feet of each other. And they bar convicted felons from operating dispensaries and require that operators get a background check and pay $2,000 to be licensed and $3,000 a year to renew their license.

“To avoid processing delays and applicant disqualifications, it’s extremely important that applicants for this license submit complete applications including all required documents,” Penny May, city director of Excise & Licenses, said in a statement.

The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is located at 201 West Colfax, Suite 206.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2010/01/25/daily52.html

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