Dillon to consider medical marijuana ban
December 15, 2009
DILLON, Colo. – To ban medical marijuana dispensaries from Dillon, Town Council members are moving forward on an ordinance that prohibits giving licenses to businesses deemed a public nuisance, or that violate state and/or federal law.
The ordinance will be reviewed with a public hearing Tuesday at Dillon Town Hall starting at 6 p.m. The ordinance was already approved at first reading, but it must be approved again for regulations to take effect.
Mayor Barbara Davis said she heard that some people will be coming to the town meeting who have a need for medical marijuana, and who would like to see a dispensary closer to their home.
“Council members need to make a decision on what the public is saying,” Davis said. “I still struggle with disallowing it in our town, but I’m open to council’s ideas, and it’s important for us to weigh in on the public testimony.”
The Dillon council rejected an ordinance earlier this year that would regulate medical marijuana businesses within town limits, and requested that town staff draft new regulations to keep dispensaries out of town. A majority of Dillon’s council members have said they don’t approve of dispensaries, and that federal laws should be upheld in any business practice. Council members cited concerns about abuse, need and lack of state regulations as reasons for not moving forward on approving regulations.
The town of Dillon currently has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in place; it wil expire Feb. 13. Any action taken to officially bar dispensaries, or to come up with a new set of regulations, must take place before that date.
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In Summit County, regulations for dispensaries have already been approved in Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge.