Glenwood Springs begins pot regulation talks |

Glenwood Springs begins pot regulation talks

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — City Council is set to begin its discussion tonight about how to regulate recreational marijuana businesses in town, or whether to consider banning them as allowed under the new state law.

Amendment 64 allows local jurisdictions to determine whether they want to prohibit such businesses, or create their own local regulations.

Earlier this year, the Glenwood Springs City Council put a moratorium on taking applications for retail marijuana businesses and clubs, as well as manufacturing, cultivation and testing, until it could consider a regulatory framework for the new industry locally.

The state of Colorado issued its own regulatory scheme on July 1, and will begin accepting applications for state licensing on Oct. 1. That’s also when local governments are asked to have their rules in place.

Businesses will not be allowed to open until January 2014.

“The next decision for the council is to determine … whether the city will prohibit or regulate and allow some or all of the facilities contemplated,” Glenwood Springs City Attorney Jan Shute indicated in a memo to council members for tonight’s meeting.

In either case, city staff will be asked to return with more information, either with a proposed set of regulations for the council to consider, or an ordinance banning recreational marijuana businesses in Glenwood Springs.

Amendment 64, which was approved by Colorado voters last fall, still allows for anyone age 21 and older to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana for personal use, regardless of any bans on marijuana businesses.

Garfield County commissioners have already begun the process of formally considering a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county. Some local municipalities are also considering bans, while others are looking at regulating marijuana businesses within their boundaries.

Tonight’s Glenwood council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.

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