Denver OKs medical marijuana dispensary rules

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DENVER (AP) – Denver’s City Council has passed proposed rules for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The rules are set to take effect March 1 but could change depending on what happens in the state Legislature. A voter-approved state law allows marijuana use for medical reasons but doesn’t regulate dispensaries.

The Denver rules would prohibit dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares and other dispensaries. Felons convicted within the last five years would be barred from running shops. Dispensary owners would have to be licensed, pass a criminal background check, pay a $2,000 application fee, and pay $3,000 a year to renew licenses.

More than 90 people signed up to comment on the proposals at a City Council meeting Monday.