As House Bill 1284 languishes on the governor's desk, its section granting local governments the option to ban medical marijuana centers is seeing heavy play across the state. Though it remains to be seen if the section will survive the scrutiny of a legal challenge — assuming its signed into law — local municipalities are wasting no time on regulating their jurisdictions.
"Med pot centers unlikely before July 2011" (The Pueblo Chieftain):
The new state law requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to grow 70 percent of the marijuana they sell essentially means no Pueblo dispensary will be able to get a license to operate until July 2011, when the state begins licensing those businesses.
"Loveland City Council extends medical marijuana moratorium" (The Fort Collins Coloradoan):
After two hours of discussion and debate Tuesday, the Council agreed to extend a municipal moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries and place the issue on a future ballot for a community vote.
"Vail says no to medical marijuana dispensaries" (Vail Daily):
The town of Vail doesn't want medical marijuana dispensaries tainting the world-class image town leaders have worked so hard to create.
The town voted against allowing dispensaries within town limits Tuesday, maintaining points made by Town Council members in January that the businesses have no place in a destination ski-resort town.
"Greeley plans to fine-tune its medical marijuana policy" (Greeley Tribune):
The Greeley City Council will take up the medical marijuana issue again June 15, but this time it will simply fine-tune the city's current ordinance, which City Attorney Rick Brady said was “the strictest in the state” when the previous council passed a ban on dispensaries last fall.
"County extends medical marijuana moritorium" (The Trinidad Times Independent):
The Las Animas County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday extended the county’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for another six months to Nov. 30 in anticipation of the passage of state-level regulations for the dispensaries.
"Moffat County considering medical marijuana options" (Craig Daily Press):
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.
"Louisville's medical pot ban likely to be extended" (Boulder Daily Camera):
The City Council hinted Tuesday night that it will extend the city's moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries past the Aug. 15 deadline that is now in place.
"Cities, towns extending moratoriums on dispensaries" (The Longmont Times-Call):
Longmont extended its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for a year.
Firestone likely will extend its moratorium for a year.
Frederick extended its for another six months.
And Dacono put its first moratorium into place last week after originally allowing dispensaries to apply for a special-use permit.