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Council members satisfied with marijuana status quo

Matt Stensland

Recreational marijuana is weighed and sold at Rocky Mountain Remedies in Steamboat Springs. The recreational and medical marijuana industries in Steamboat sold $6.8 million worth of marijuana products last year.

— A strong majority of Steamboat Springs City Council members are not interested in allowing any more marijuana dispensaries.

"I have zero interest in adding to that number," councilman Kenny Reisman said during Tuesday night's council meeting.

Currently, the city's rules limit the number of dispensaries to the existing three.

"I, too, am not interested in increasing the number of licenses," councilman Scott Myller said. "I think I like the way it is right now."

A proponent of a free market, councilwoman Sonja Macys was the only member against limiting the number of licenses.

Two marijuana dispensary owners spoke to the council and said they were against the city issuing any more dispensary licenses.

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"It's important to remember the small-town character that Steamboat Springs in known for," Golden Leaf co-owner Charlie Magnuson said.

Rocky Mountain Remedies co-owner Kevin Fisher said he thinks the local population is being well-served by the existing dispensaries.

During the discussion, the council was briefed on the existing rules, and city staff members were seeking direction.

City Attorney Dan Foote said there has been a "constant parade" of people inquiring about starting a marijuana businesses in Steamboat.

"It would help to give these people answers on what their proposals are," Foote said.

Foote also briefed the council on marijuana-related laws the state legislature has been working on.

Lawmakers have been working on rules to address concerns related to edible marijuana products. With the goal of keeping the products away from children, some council members wondered whether local regulations should be placed on edible products. Reisman said he was more concerned with kids having access to other drugs.

"I have bigger fears out there than this," Reisman said.

On July 7, the council will again discuss the rules, but will focus the conversation on private, unlicensed grow operations in the city, as well as where dispensaries can be located.

Currently, dispensaries must be located at least 1,000 feet from any park. Foote said this has made it essentially impossible for the dispensaries to operate anywhere other than the west side of Steamboat, away from the Steamboat Ski Area traffic.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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