Moffat County Commission approves marijuana moratorium

Ordinance prohibits marijuana consumption on commercial properties

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During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 2-0, payroll warrants in the amount of $669,894.02.

• Approved, 2-0, payment warrants in the amount of $852,158.62.

• Approved, 2-0, an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Craig for April’s municipal election.

• Approved, 2-0, a contract with Colorado Certified Inspections LLC for asbestos testing.

• Approved, 2-0, a resolution regarding Moffat County’s annual operating plan for wildfires.

• Approved, 2-0, a resolution to preserve Second Amendment rights in Moffat County.

• Approved, 2-0, a $20,000 contract with Hill Aevium for website construction for the Moffat County Tourism Association.

• Approved, 2-0, appointing John Pearson to the 14th Judicial Community Corrections Board.

• Discussed sequestration with Tim Wilson and Wendy Reynolds of the Bureau of Land Management.

Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent from Tuesday’s meeting

— The Moffat County Commission voted Tuesday to impose a moratorium against the use or consumption of marijuana on commercial or industrial-zoned properties in unincorporated areas of the county.

The ordinance, which first was published Feb. 8, was approved, 2-0, and takes effect immediately. Commissioner Tom Mathers was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

The ordinance was presented Tuesday for final approval by Moffat County Attorney Rebecca Tyree. It states:

“This ordinance imposes a moratorium on the use or consumption of marijuana or marijuana products on commercial and industrial zoned property that operates as a place of private assembly for the purpose of inviting persons to use or consume marijuana products on site.

“The ordinance will be considered automatically repealed if further action is not taken on or before Dec. 31.”

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said Tuesday that the board will consider another moratorium prohibiting the establishment of retail marijuana stores during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday.

Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 last November, legalizing the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults 21 and older. Opposition outnumbered support in Moffat County by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. However, the majority of voters in five of the county’s 13 precincts approved Amendment 64, including the precincts that touch the center of the city of Craig.

According to the provisions of Amendment 64, state lawmakers have until July 1 to draft regulations for a retail marijuana industry, and the state must begin accepting retail store applications by October. Amendment 64 allows for individual municipalities to prohibit pot shops within their jurisdictions.

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

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