Denver turns down a marijuana grow license in a pot-saturated neighborhood

City officials took the side of neighbors who think there are way too many marijuana shops in the Elyria-Swansea area.

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Denver officials took the side of neighbors who think there are way too many marijuana shops in the Elyria-Swansea area and turned down a request from Starbuds, 4690 Brighton Blvd., for a renewal of the dispensary’s grow license.

The decision released Thursday follows a Denver City Council decision earlier this year to cap stores and grow operations amid concerns some neighborhoods, particularly those that are largely poor and minority, feel overwhelmed by the marijuana industry.

Owner Brian Ruden says he will appeal the denial, which is the first under the city’s new rules.

The store is located right across the street from the National Western Center, which is targeted for a $1.1 billion renovation and expansion.