Avon reviews options for recreational marijuana
Ryan Summerlin April 23, 2014
AVON — The Avon Town Council will review options regarding the cultivation, manufacturing, testing and retail sale of recreational marijuana during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at One Lake St. in Avon.
With the passage of Colorado’s Amendment 64, the Council adopted Ordinance No. 13-11 in August 2013, to enact a temporary moratorium through June 1 on all types of marijuana establishments now allowed under the amendment. The moratorium period was established to provide the Town Council time to review and finalize any decisions about prohibiting or licensing recreational marijuana establishments prior to the state beginning to accept applications from owners who were not previously approved medical marijuana establishments. The state will begin this next round of applications on July 1.
Council is expected to begin this important topic with a review and discussion of a staff report. The report, which can be found on the town’s website at www.avon.org/councilpackets includes health reports on the use of marijuana, comparative law enforcement information since the passage Amendment 64, zoning and land use considerations, if approving one or more type of recreational facility, and licensing and fee information.
Following review of the report, the mayor will take public comment. After public comment, the council is expected to discuss all information presented and to take action on a first reading of an ordinance either to prohibit one or more types of recreational marijuana establishment or to extend the moratorium with direction to staff to develop the needed licensing process, fees and land use regulations for an approved recreational establishment. Second reading would be scheduled for either May 13 or May 27.
Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution, which was passed in November 2012, legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana for those 21 and older. Avon voters supported Amendment 64 with a 71 percent yes vote in the 2012 election. State licensing of retail marijuana establishments is conditioned upon prior local jurisdiction approval. Local jurisdictions were required to comply with the constitutional amendment by Oct. 1, 2013, by either prohibiting this type of business, establishing a local regulatory and licensing agency or enacting a moratorium for further study. If no action is taken by the town of Avon before or after the June 1 temporary moratorium date, the state of Colorado regulations require that Avon permit recreational marijuana establishments.