School board may weigh in on pot shop setback |

School board may weigh in on pot shop setback

The Roaring Fork District Re-1 school board is being asked to consider a resolution asking Glenwood Springs City Council to reconsider a 1,000-foot school setback provision as part of the city’s retail marijuana regulations.

Currently, the city is looking at a 500-foot setback between retail marijuana shops and existing public and private schools in Glenwood Springs.

City council had considered a 1,000-foot setback from schools, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice in stating its preference as Colorado begins to allow retail marijuana businesses under the voter-approved Amendment 64.

But a majority of council members recently agreed that a 500-foot setback would be a fair distance requirement, given the city’s geologic constraints.

The less-restrictive setback, which is still under review as part of a broader set of proposed local zoning regulations, is intended to allow several pre-existing, non-conforming medical marijuana dispensaries to expand into the retail market after Jan. 1, 2014.

Several of Glenwood Springs’ existing dispensaries are located more than 500 feet from schools, but less than 1,000 feet. City council is also proposing a 350-foot separation between marijuana shops.

“The (Re-1 school board) believes that it is in the best interests of the students it serves to locate these retail marijuana facilities as far away as possible from school facilities,” according to a proposed resolution to be discussed by the five-member school board tonight.

The Roaring Fork Re-1 school board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. The district includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

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