NEW CASTLE — It if has to do with marijuana, it’s not allowed in New Castle.
The town board on Tuesday night unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading that prohibits the commercial growth, testing and manufacturing of marijuana, which along with previous ordinances that disallow medical and retail marijuana sales, makes marijuana business of any kind illegal in the town.
“We had put a prohibition on retail and a moratorium on commercial growth, testing manufacturing for one year because the council didn’t feel there was enough information,” said Town Administrator Tom Baker. “The council discussed it again at their June 3 meeting and felt there still wasn’t a huge amount of information out there.”
And although information about retail sales was starting to surface, town council members were not comfortable that it was what the community wanted to do, Baker said.
Seven miles to the west, the town of Silt recently approved the licensing of medical marijuana establishments, which paves the way for retail sale applications.
To the east, Glenwood Springs has approved both medical and retail marijuana sales.
If passed on second reading at New Castle’s July 1 town council meeting, it will mean that the town does not allow medical, retail or commercial growth, testing or manufacturing of marijuana.
“But there’s always room for a future council to change that,” Baker said.