Backers of InitiatedÂ Ordinance 300 (I-300), a DenverÂ ballot measure intended to permit cannabisÂ consumption in certain private places in order to reduce it in public spaces,Â announced Tuesday that it had receivedÂ several major political endorsements.Â The Democratic Party of Denver, New Era Colorado, State Sen. Irene AguilarÂ ofÂ Denver, and State Rep. Jonathan Singer have joined more than 100 localÂ businesses and organizations that areÂ encouraging Denver residents to vote âYESâÂ on 300 to establish a Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis ConsumptionÂ Pilot Program.
I-300 would permit certainÂ private establishments to allow adult cannabis consumption in designated areasÂ if theyÂ follow a number of guidelines. The city will only issue permits toÂ establishments that have received formal supportÂ from their officiallyÂ recognized neighborhood organization or business-improvement district. A fullÂ description of I-300Â is availableÂ here.
I-300 received the support ofÂ nearly three-fourths of the voting members of the Denver Democratic PartyâsÂ CentralÂ Committee. Multiple precinct captains and party leaders spoke in favorÂ of Initiative 300, while no members spoke inÂ opposition. Sen. Aguilar was amongÂ party members who spoke in support of I-300, citing a need for places whereÂ tourists and residents can safely and legally consume cannabis if they do notÂ have a private residence where theyÂ can do so.