Aurora to expand retail marijuana store hours – CBS Colardo


Aurora is giving recreational marijuana dispensaries the green light to stay open later. The council unanimously approved the ordinance to expand retail hours Monday night. This comes as the city faces budget challenges amid a recent decline in cannabis tax revenue.

State regulations allow dispensaries to operate between 8 a.m. and midnight, with local municipalities able to regulate local store hours. When recreational cannabis was legalized, the city of Aurora decided dispensary hours should be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“The hype is still there, people are still consuming,” said Starbuds Store Director Fadi Wahdam. “If you’re in this area past 10 (p.m.), the nearest place to shop would be Denver.”

Just about any time of day, there is a line of cannabis customers at the Starbuds dispensary on Arapahoe Road. But after dark, consumers in Aurora have to leave town to get their marijuana.


“Ten years in the industry, if our neighboring cities are open ’til midnight, then we should be also,” Wahdam said.

That’s precisely why Aurora City Council Member Curtis Gardner sponsored an ordinance to change retail marijuana store hours to match state guidelines — 8 a.m. to midnight; the same as liquor stores.

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