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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

This week marks some major milestones in Denver’s cannabis industry.

The city’s Department of Excise and Licenses announced that applications are officially open for marijuana delivery licenses, marijuana cultivation licenses, and new dispensary locations.

All these changes come as part of a policy package signed by Mayor Michael Hancock back in April that also set some temporary social equity requirements in place.

Delivery licenses will only be available to “social equity applicants” — people who live in certain neighborhoods, make less than a certain income, or have been convicted of a marijuana offense — through 2024. Most other marijuana licenses will be limited to social equity applicants through 2027. 

What does this all mean for the cannabis consumer? Denverites 21 or older can now order marijuana deliveries directly to their homes. Deliveries are limited to the same amount of product that can be purchased in stores. And as long as you’re not located in one of the six neighborhoods that are barring new marijuana businesses (Overland, Northeast Park Hill, Baker, Five Points, Valverde, and Elyria-Swansea), you may see some new shops popping up around Denver. 
[CO Politics]

🌤️ Today will be partly sunny with a high of 76 and a 40% chance of afternoon storms. Enjoy!

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚫 PSA: Denver bag fee begins this week
Starting Wednesday, July 1, Denverites will need to bring their own bags to grocery stores or else pay a 10-cent fee for each paper or plastic bag. However, you can still use plastic to wrap your meat or produce, and shoppers enrolled in state or federal food assistance programs will be exempt from the fee. [Axios Denver]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver to hear from CPR reporter Miguel Otárola on the politics behind plastics in Colorado.


⛔ Major downtown road closures starting Wednesday
Fourteenth Street from Stout to Welton, and Welton from 12th to 14th will be fully closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow until July 16 for MLB All-Star game festivities. A few other nearby roads will also be closed to thru traffic. The downtown event, Play Ball Park, opens July 9, and the All-Star game is scheduled for July 13. [KDVR]

⛽ Excuse me, gas prices are how much?!
According to reporting from the Denver Post, gas prices in the city are averaging $3.33 per gallon — that’s 27 cents higher than last month’s average and 89 cents higher than last June. (Whomp, whomp.) Petroleum analysts are saying it will likely only get worse this summer. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Stop at Sam’s Club for a $3.06 per gallon rate, and avoid the Conoco on Speer Boulevard that’s charging a hefty $3.79.


🚧 I-70 closed by mudslide… again.
Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon was cleared and reopened after a mudslide closed it down for several hours over the weekend. Unfortunately another mudslide caused by the same debris flow from the Grizzly Creek fire burn scar shut the highway down again Sunday evening. While the eastbound lanes reopened yesterday, as of last night, officials have no estimate for when the westbound lanes will be cleared. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Follow @ColoradoDOT on Twitter for updates and detours. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

The Secret Behind Denver's Jam Band Scene
17 mins
Aidan Pagnani and Sarah Mount, two organizers behind the new Colorado Musicians Union, talk about the sexual assault allegations surrounding Denver’s “Grandfather of Jam Music” Jay Bianchi and their push for a more equitable local music community. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: ArtPark Al Fresco
Register for this free family craft night in the RiNo Art Park. Bring snacks, a picnic blanket, and the kids for this night of family fun.

+ WEDNESDAY: Can’d Aid Launch Party
Oskar Blues will host the launch party for Can’d Aid’s newest can design created by local artist Drew Button. Can’d Aid is a humanitarian organization that provides clean, canned drinking water to communities in need.

+ FRIDAY: “Thought For Food” Poetry Benefit
The “Thought For Food” book of poems was created to raise funds for Denver Food Rescue. Hear the poems performed live at Mercury Cafe this Friday.

🎆 MADE IN DENVER

(Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post/Getty Images)

It’s absolutely not too soon to figure out where you’re going to watch fireworks this weekend. Check out this list of firework shows compiled by 9News that covers the Denver metro area and beyond. And if you’re planning on lighting some firecrackers of your own, be sure you know your county's current fire regulations.

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