Snowmass Town Council extends marijuana moratorium

Staff report

The Snowmass Town Council voted unanimously Monday to extend its moratorium on marijuana facilities in the village.

The moratorium prohibits the establishment of any medical marijuana facility or any recreational marijuana establishment in the town of Snowmass Village.

It went into effect in September 2013 after Colorado voters approved recreational pot sales in November 2012.

The Town Council initially voted unanimously to delay the moratorium, which would have expired March 15 without an extension, during a first reading of the ordinance Feb. 6.

At a work session last week, the council told the town staff, including Town Manager Clint Kinney and Town Attorney John Dresser, that it needed more education on marijuana and the business before it could make informed decisions on the future of pot in Snowmass.

The moratorium is until Oct. 31 2018, though Kinney, Dresser and the council discussed potentially reaching a consensus earlier.