But The Denver Post reported that with a 6-6 city council vote Tuesday, the proposal failed over calls to make it stricter.
City Councilwoman Robin Kniech said she would submit her proposal with changes for another vote April 18. A 13th council member who missed this week's vote supported Kniech in committee.
Denverites, saying their neighborhoods are oversaturated, want pending marijuana business licenses stopped. Kniech says pending licenses should be included in a yet-to-be-determined cap figure, arguing entrepreneurs already have invested millions preparing.
Denver has had a license moratorium for more than two years. The council has been working on licensing rules that balance industry and community concerns.