iBake Englewood, a social cannabis club, hosts marijuana aficionados at an event on July 10, 2015. (Denver Post file)

Englewood extends moratorium on social cannabis clubs by six months

The city was set to ban cannabis clubs all together. However, a task force studying the issue for the city council is leaning toward regulations instead of an outright ban

The Englewood City Council has approved a six-month extension on the marijuana social club moratorium, saying it needed more time to study the issue.

Mike Flaherty, interim community development director, said the council Monday night extended the moratorium to June 16. It was set to expire in about a week.

The city began studying the issue of social cannabis clubs after iBake Englewood at 3995 South Broadway opened its doors in June.

The city has had regulations on the books for years for social clubs such as Rotary or Lions Club, but had not anticipated there would be marijuana social clubs opening.

The city was set to ban them all together. However, Flaherty said a task force that is to present recommendations to the council for consideration is leaning toward regulations instead of outright bans of the clubs.

New regulations could include locations of the social clubs, smoke filtering and fire suppression, among other rules, Flaherty said.

Carlos Illescas: 303-954-1175, cillescas@denverpost.com or @cillescasdp

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