Congress Recreational Marijuana Use

In this Nov. 27, 2015, photo, a bud tender holds two marijuana buds on his fingers on the way to a customer at the Denver Kush Club in north Denver.  

Aurora lawmakers approved marijuana delivery on an 8-2 vote during a City Council meeting Monday night.

Monday’s vote was the first on the marijuana delivery plan, which must pass a second round of voting before being officially implemented.

Councilman Dave Gruber and Councilwoman Francoise Bergan were the only ones to vote against the plan.

If approved, the change would allow Aurora residents to have marijuana delivered to their homes by licensed dispensaries between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Daily deliveries would be limited to 1 ounce of marijuana, 8 grams of marijuana concentrate and 80 10-milligram servings of THC.

The plan also would limit delivery for the first three years, only granting permits to social-equity transporters who prove that they’ve experienced legal trouble from since-overturned marijuana laws or have lived in a disadvantaged area.

Lawmakers have called the ordinance an attempt to level the playing field and make up for the damage caused by the war on drugs.

During the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Johnston said that while people of color have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, financially well-off white people have taken advantage of the marijuana industry in Colorado.

“This is an opportunity today to give an opportunity for these social-equity licenses to be part of that process in Aurora,” Johnston said, “to open that door.”

Several Aurora residents called during the meeting to propose further limiting marijuana delivery for the first three years to dispensaries within the city only, restricting marijuana delivery from nearby cities like Denver.

The plan narrowly survived a proposal to table the plan until further notice for edits during the meeting, but lawmakers chose to continue with a 7-4 vote.

The marijuana delivery plan will face its second and final vote during the next City Council meeting Dec. 21.