Fruita says ‘No’ to marijuana shops
The city of Fruita was among the earliest in Colorado to attempt to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries through zoning laws. That action, combined with a moratorium on dispensaries that was set to expire June 30 kept the medical-pot storefronts from gaining a foothold in Fruita.
On Tuesday, Fruita voters made that temporary ban permanent when they approved Referred Issue B by a 3-1 margin.
As a result, there will continue to be only one medical marijuana dispensary in Mesa County — in the town of Palisade, where voters last November approved its operation.
That’s a far cry from 2009 and 2010, when medical marijuana dispensaries were springing up seemingly on every block in Grand Junction, parts of unincorporated Mesa County and much of Colorado. Now, many communities throughout the state have used a law passed by the state Legislature to ban dispensaries.
That makes sense. As we have argued before, voters who approved a ballot measure 12 years ago to legalize medical marijuana for people who could legitimately benefit from its use never envisioned countless stores in each community selling marijuana and its accessories.
Fruita’s vote Tuesday was the latest evidence of that.