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Glenwood to discuss possible medical pot regulations

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Glenwood Springs City Council will discuss possible measures to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Glenwood Springs on Thursday.

While the meeting may not yield a final decision, the council will discuss various options that could change the way dispensaries operate within town limits, and the locations in which dispensaries would be able to operate.

The council is being asked to provide City Attorney Jan Shute with some direction on how the city wishes to regulate the burgeoning industry, though a vote on regulations will occur at a future meeting.

Shute supplied the council with a list of other Colorado municipalities that have imposed regulations on dispensaries. Some have issued moratoriums, enacted zoning requirements, created licensing procedures and even banned dispensaries altogether.

Regulating an industry that has sprouted eight dispensaries in Glenwood Springs over the past year has been a topic of discussion at several council meetings.

Until recently, the council has taken a wait-and-see approach, but Councilwoman Shelly Kaup in March suggested the council review local regulations on dispensaries before the situation gets out of control.

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees appointed a 14-member Medical Marijuana Facilities Advisory Group in March to study issues raised by concerned citizens regarding location of dispensaries and associated grow operations.

Currently, the state Legislature is reviewing HB 1284, which addresses licensing procedures for medical marijuana sales. The bill was passed by the Colorado State Senate Wednesday.

According to a memo from Shute, the licensing procedure for dispensaries according to HB 1284 would closely reflect the state’s regulations of liquor licensing procedures.

However, Thursday’s discussion could also address issues of possible restrictions of individuals or entities who would be permitted to obtain any medical marijuana licenses, possible restrictions on authorized locations of dispensaries in Glenwood Springs, and laws and penalties associated with violating those laws.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.