Aurora has passed final regulations for recreational marijuana, clearing the way for an Oct. 1 opening of retail shops in the city.
“I think the system we’ve put in place is a sound system, and I honestly think it will be a model for future municipalities,” said City Councilman Bob Roth, who headed a committee that studied recreational marijuana regulations in Aurora.
The city will begin accepting applications July 1. Applicants will be judged on a point system, which some have criticized as being too favorable to bigger entrepreneurs. For example, applicants must have at least $400,000 cash in hand or in assets in that amount.
In all, the number of pot shops will be capped at 24 for now, four in each of the six City Council wards — or sectors — spread throughout the city.
Marijuana shops will have to be at least 1,000 feet from a school and 300 feet from a residences.
A proposed ballot measure that would generate an estimated $2.4 million in taxes was delayed until another meeting.
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