If you add up the space in Denver where people actually live their lives — all the neighborhoods, parks, roads, schools — you’re left with an area equaling roughly 116 square miles not including the airport. That’s roughly 56,000 football fields (don’t ask how we know that).
Yet, for marijuana dispensaries, most of that space is unavailable. While you may see dispensaries along major corridors like Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard, most of the city is actually off-limits to storefronts selling marijuana.
Like, a lot of the city. Nearly 70 percent of Denver can’t have a dispensary due to the city’s zoning code, or the laws outlining what can and cannot be built somewhere. Another 14 percent is off limits to dispensaries because of rules put in place after the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. Dispensaries in Denver have to be 1,000 feet away from schools, childcare facilities, other dispensaries and drug treatment facilities. Another 7.50 percent of the city is unavailable due to regulations that aim to prevent an oversaturation of dispensaries in neighborhoods where there are already a bunch. Those neighborhoods are Baker, Five Points, Northeast Park Hill, Overland and Valverde.
“We don’t want to see it