Moffat County considering medical marijuana options

Commissioners get feedback with legal counsel Thursday

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The Moffat County Commission met Thursday afternoon with county attorneys Kathleen Taylor and Jeremy Snow to examine options regarding medical marijuana dispensaries within the county.

The county’s six-month moratorium on dispensaries ends June 15.

The commission originally implemented the moratorium in December 2009 to stall any dispensaries from opening until the state could regulate the industry, commissioner Audrey Danner said.

Such a regulation has passed the legislature and is awaiting a decision from Gov. Bill Ritter on whether it will be signed into law.

Colorado House Bill 10-1284 addresses several issues surrounding the medical marijuana industry in Colorado, including licensing and dispensary regulation.

The commissioners discussed the county’s options in extending the moratorium within county limits until after Ritter signs or vetoes the bill.

Snow told the commissioners the county could extend its moratorium another six months.

“I think right now our only option is to extend the moratorium for another 30 days,” commissioner Tom Mathers said. “Until we hear back if the governor is going to pass it or not going to pass it, then we can’t do anything.”

If Ritter signs the bill, the county would have several options regarding dispensaries.

The first option is to prohibit the growth and cultivation of medical marijuana within the county except for residents with caregiver status or residents with a medical marijuana license, Snow said.

The county can also adhere to state regulations contained within the bill, or create its own regulations, Snow said.

The regulations the county can create can be no less stringent than the state’s, but can be altered to the point of prohibition against everyone except caregivers or licensed medical marijuana consumers.

If the governor signs the bill, the county can pass another moratorium until July 2011.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.

Comments

malcolmkyle 4 years, 6 months ago

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Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us.

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation.

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Many of us have now, finally, wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco, clearly two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant and irrational minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.

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