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Don’t hold your breath waiting for any marijuana clubs to open in the Grand Valley.

Grand Junction City Councilors and Mesa County Commissioners quickly are working toward drafting a resolution that would ban the licensing of establishments where pot smokers could gather in Mesa County.

The move is one step shy of an outright moratorium on pot clubs in Mesa County, a move local elected leaders may make themselves or leave to the voters.

Under Amendment 64, which allows people to possess small amounts of marijuana, such private clubs may be legal.

“The thing of it is, the people here voted against the commercialization and sale of marijuana,” Grand Junction City Councilor Tom Kenyon said. “Even though the people of the state voted for it, the people of Mesa County did not.”

Commissioners and councilors discussed their views on marijuana establishments during a joint meeting Thursday.

According to Denver news reports, a couple of marijuana smoking establishments have opened on the Front Range.

Elected officials in cities across Colorado are deciding how to proceed with the prospect of allowing clubs where patrons could consume marijuana.

Voters in a number of municipalities around the state in the past two years already have banned the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

According to the amendment, marijuana cannot be consumed in public places.

The state also has not issued licenses for establishments to sell weed, but it has a deadline of July 1 to adopt regulations for facilities that do.

Neither the city nor the county could present a vote to ban marijuana facilities until the Nov. 4, 2014, election.

Local elected officials think the delay may buy them some time to figure out how to proceed. Fruita City Council earlier this week voted to enact a moratorium on private marijuana clubs.

Grand Junction City Councilor Jim Doody said he hasn’t had anyone express interest to him wanting to open a pot club.

“Maybe I’m hanging out with the wrong people,” he said.

However, one constituent telephoned Doody with an idea to start a restaurant that sold marijuana-infused dishes, he said.

Doody said he is against seeing marijuana clubs on the basis that marijuana consumption still is considered illegal under federal law.

“I would be against anything that is against federal law, not knowing what the consequences would be for the state,” he said.


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