Retail marijuana will be the talk of the town Tuesday when the Board of Fremont County Commissioners hosts a special meeting and public hearing at 9 a.m. and the Cañon City Council discusses it during its 6 p.m. meeting.
By Oct. 1, Colorado municipalities must enact a local ordinance unless the governing body of the municipality opts out of retail marijuana pursuant to provisions in Amendment 64. Colorado voters in November passed the amendment, which states any person 21 and older can legally under Colorado law possess, use and grow up to six plants for their own personal use or share it with their families as long as they are not selling it.
The commissioners will discuss proposed county ordinances prohibiting or prohibiting with exceptions the operation of retail marijuana cultivation facilities, retail marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores in the unincorporated areas of Fremont County. The meeting is open to the public at 615 Macon Ave.
The meeting of the Cañon City Council also is open to the public at 128 Main St. and is televised on Channel 19 in Cañon City.
The General Committee of the City Council on Aug. 21 directed City Attorney John Havens to prepare a moratorium ordinance that will address the City's rights and obligations under the Colorado Constitution for the time being.
In a memorandum from Havens to Mayor Tony Greer and the council, he said a consensus of council members who attended the Aug. 21 meeting suggests that the council is likely to permit retail marijuana establishments and to "consider various forms of regulation after careful study of applicable laws and regulations and an analysis of social and financial benefits and impacts that are likely to be associated with allowing retail marijuana establishments to be operated within the city."
Also, the Florence City Council will host a workshop on recreational retail marijuana to get public input on Amendment 64 from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at Florence Municipal Center.
The council plans to vote on an ordinance in the near future whether to prohibit retail, limit the number of facilities or place a moratorium on it.