Hearings begin for recreational pot shops that want to do business in Denver

DENVER - The city of Denver has begun public hearings for retail marijuana shops. Each shop that wants to sell recreational marijuana must go through its own hearing.

The hearings are intended to give residents a chance to voice concerns about the store's possible impact on safety, public health and the neighborhood's overall welfare.

The Denver Post reports that the first hearing was held Tuesday for a store called The Grove in west Denver.

The hearing lasted less than an hour. The store's owner and a handful of employees spoke in favor of the store's application. No one spoke in opposition.

Until 2016, only people who currently own a medical-marijuana store can apply to open a Denver recreational pot shop.

Denver has 16 more hearings scheduled through the end of November.