Craig City Council considers extending its moratorium against pot clubs

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During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of a tavern liquor license for Carelli’s Pizzeria.

• Heard from Joyce Hein, interim CEO of The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

• Heard Moffat County High School student council report on their trip to Washington D.C.

• Heard from the Association of Craig Realtors about a section of the city code that requires owners to be liable for their water usage.

• Approved, 6-0, a $15,790.71 bid from Jackson’s Office Supply for the purchase of iPads and other equipment for the Craig Police Department. The purchase is split between Jackson’s for the iPads ($10,866.71) and Ram Mount Company ($4,924).

• Approved, 6-0, the second reading of Ordinance No. 1028, a supplemental appropriation to carryover 2012 projects not completed to the 2013 budget.

• Approved, 6-0, joining the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado.

• Approved, 6-0, an engagement letter for water services legal representation with Mary E. Geiger, of Garfield and Hecht, PC.

• Heard 2012 financial report from Finance Director Bruce Nelson.

• Heard Craig Police Department monthly report for January.

• Heard water/wastewater monthly reports for January.

Craig City Council member Byron Willems was absent from Tuesday’s meeting

— The Craig City Council on Tuesday took one step closer to extending its moratorium against private marijuana clubs until Oct. 1.

Ordinance 1029, which was presented by Craig City Manager Jim Ferree and contract attorney Sherman Romney, mirrors an emergency ordinance passed by the council in January that prohibits the establishment of private pot clubs.

Because the emergency ordinance is scheduled to expire March 23, Ferree said he asked Romney to draft an amended ordinance that would extend the moratorium in accordance with the state’s timeline to develop rules and regulations concerning recreational marijuana businesses in light of the passage of Amendment 64.

The deadline for the state to adopt those rules and regulations is July 1. Local municipalities then would have until Oct. 1 to approve their own recreational marijuana policies.

If the state does not meet its deadline, Romney said the ordinance features a clause that would keep the moratorium in place until such date that municipalities receive direction from the state through legislative action.

City Council unanimously approved the ordinance extending the moratorium. Council member Byron Willems was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

The ordinance will be presented for final approval March 12.

In November, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 legalizing private marijuana use for adults 21 and older.

Because of a host of questions surrounding the new law, Gov. John Hickenlooper created the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force to research and provide recommendations for marijuana rules and regulations. On Thursday the task force is scheduled to present its recommendations to the state Legislature.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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