Denver officials trying to shut down about 60 marijuana growing co-ops

DENVER – Denver officials may shut down dozens of pot-growing collectives scattered across the city.

Officials say they’re trying to shut down about 60 collective growing operations. The collectives are advertised as places to grow pot for people who can’t or don’t want to grow them at home. Many are not permitted by landlords or homeowners’ associations to grow the six plants they’re authorized under state law.

The City Council planned a vote Monday night limiting non-residential marijuana grows to 36 plants if they’re not commercial. Private homes are already limited to 12 plants, no matter how many adults live there.

City officials say the collectives can have up to 2,000 plants but don’t operate under the safety codes of commercial grows.