Pot business ban due next month
An ordinance banning commercial marijuana production from seed to sale may take effect as soon as Aug. 18.
Mesa County commissioners plan to publish the ordinance, which they reviewed during a first reading Monday, this Friday in the Daily Sentinel. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after the publication unless commissioners decide not to approve the ban Aug. 12, when they will have a second reading of the ordinance.
If commissioners decide to change any wording in the ordinance on Aug. 12, the new language will be printed in the Sentinel in mid-August and the ordinance will take effect 30 days after that publication in the newspaper.
Although no one who attended Monday’s administrative meeting of the board of commissioners expressed an interest in the first reading of the ordinance, county spokesman Ryan Cook said commissioners are expecting at least some public comment on the ban Aug. 12.
“There is always a chance that public comment could lead them to change the ordinance,” Cook said.
The ordinance as currently worded would ban retail marijuana stores and facilities that cultivate or test marijuana or manufacture marijuana products from operating in unincorporated parts of the county.
Mesa County voters decided in 2010 to ban medical marijuana stores in the unincorporated areas of the county. Counties and other local governments are allowed to ban marijuana facilities through an ordinance or a ballot measure in accordance with Amendment 64, the 2012 measure that changed the Colorado constitution to allow recreational marijuana use and sale in the state for people 21 and older in limited quantities.