A Denver business that hoped to open the nation’s first legal marijuana spa has come up short — by about 20 feet.
The city’s licensing director Wednesday denied a license application filed by Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge to allow marijuana consumption in an old Capitol Hill mansion, citing its location 980 feet from a child-care center. City regulations for the voter-approved social marijuana use ordinance require businesses that seek consumption-area licenses to be at least 1,000 feet from day cares.
Utopia founder and CEO Cindy Sovine had appealed to Denver licensing officials for leniency and submitted a letter from the child-care center supporting a waiver of the proximity restriction, but the city’s decision says it lacks that authority.
“I have almost a year and a half invested into this property, from the time I first started thinking about it and working on it,” Sovine said. “I’m definitely not ready to let it go.” [Read more at The Denver Post]