Rules for medical-pot stores may change again
EAGLE, Colorado – With a clear mandate to keep the county’s medical marijuana dispensaries open, county officials are now starting to work on how to regulate those businesses.
In response to a 2009 boom in the business, the Eagle County commissioners that year passed a set of zoning regulations that effectively limited the marijuana dispensary business in the county to the five businesses that had already opened. In fact, if any of those businesses had to move from its current location, the regulations wouldn’t allow any of the shops to re-open.
Armed with a new set of state regulations passed this year, – and now with voter approval of keeping dispensaries open – officials are ready to start work on revising the existing regulations.
That effort started Monday during the commissioners’ regular Monday work session, which was attended by the county’s attorneys and the directors of the community development and environmental health departments.
Commissioner Sara Fisher told the group she’d like new rules to “re-visit” how to perhaps bring the existing shops into compliance with the county’s regulations. Fisher added that it’s also time to look into regulations about growing marijuana for personal use.
County Attorney Bryan Treu said all those issues could be discussed, but he discouraged the idea of putting a cap on the number of dispensaries that would be allowed to operate.
County officials will schedule a work session sometime in December to look into more concrete ways to regulate and license the dispensaries. But, Commissioner Jon Stavney said, those new regulations will allow dispensaries to stay open.
“A strong majority of voters approve of this, and I have no intention to thwart that.”
Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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