Voters throw roadblocks in front of medical marijuana
Moffat County, Dinosaur voters reject new dispensaries from opening
Moffat County and Dinosaur voters considered two separate ballot measures in Tuesday’s general election regarding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Northwest Colorado.
The answer in both measures: no new dispensaries.
In Moffat County, the issue was whether voters would prohibit dispensaries and similar operations from opening within unincorporated parts of the county.
When the votes were tallied Tuesday night, 2,678 voters voted in favor of prohibition, while 1,862 voters were in favor of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open.
The ballot measure follows several commission-imposed moratoriums on dispensaries in the county.
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County commissioner Audrey Danner said the county voted appropriately.
“We have (a dispensary) in town and that should be enough,” Danner said. “That is appropriate.”
Danner added that she had been prepared to vote on the issue while other commissioners deliberated whether to put it on the ballot earlier this year.
“I would have gone the same way as the voters,” she said. “It’s just not an industry we need to see growing in Moffat County.”
In Dinosaur, voters were asked if they would permit medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits.
The results showed 62 voters disapproved of dispensaries, while 44 voters were in favor.
The issue first appeared in July when two prospective business owners from Utah approached town officials in Dinosaur. After some deliberation, the town council put the issue to voters.
Dinosaur Mayor L.D. Smith said he didn’t feel one way or the other about the voters’ decision.
“I didn’t really have a dog in this fight, and I wasn’t backing one side against the other,” Smith said. “It came down to what the people wanted, and that’s the way it should be because it affects them. Whatever they want, I’m behind them.
“The people are the ones who decided this race. My last name is Smith, not Obama.”
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