The Daily Camera reports that 41 of 119 applications have been rejected for reasons ranging from zoning problems to incomplete paperwork. About half the rejections came because of criminal records of the owners, operators or investors.
So far only 38 businesses have been given licenses. Many of the rejected businesses are still open while they appeal the city decision. Others have closed shop or moved to cities with less stringent rules.
Boulder officials declined a Camera request under the Colorado Open Records Act to inspect complete records used to determine whether an owner meets the city's "good moral character" requirement.
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