City Council approves cannabis reform, extends dispensary hours

Hayden Hawley

Justice scale with cannabis leaf on one side and a gavel on the other
(Graphic Illustration by Trin Bonner | The Collegian)

Fort Collins City Council approved small changes to the local cannabis market at their regular meeting Sept. 21.

Beginning in January 2022, all dispensaries will legally be able to extend their hours until midnight, increased from 8 p.m.

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Additionally, in a move that is no doubt a response to increasing calls for social equity in the cannabis industry, anyone who has previously been convicted of a felony can apply for a cannabis business license three years after the completion of their sentence. This will also go into effect in 2022.

Smaller changes were made as well — the City has changed its limits on the amount of medical cannabis any single patient can buy from two ounces of flower over one week to just one day.”

“In November 2017, voters approved an amendment to the voter-approved provisions of the City Code that allows council to adopt amendments to or add provisions … pertaining to medical marijuana licensing,” the agenda read by way of clarifying precedent. “The City sought the 2017 amendment in anticipation of the need for changes due to evolution of state law.”

Smaller changes were made as well — the City has changed its limits on the amount of medical cannabis any single patient can buy from two ounces of flower over one week to just one day. This change aligns Fort Collins with current Colorado state law.

Cannabis business licensing is now in the hands of Jill Hueser, Fort Collins’ chief judge. Restrictions on any dust or smoke emitting from any cannabis business have been tightened.

Hayden Hawley can be reached at cannabis@collegian.com or on Twitter @hateonhawley.