GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- Residents have varying opinions on how the Town of Palisade will implement the use of marijuana for retail sales and cultivation, but it’s the town's board that will ultimately decide the rules.
"We want to be careful and obviously take input as we make these decisions, but we also don't want to waste time," said Rich Sales, Palisade town administrator.
At a Tuesday night board meeting, Sales highlighted what the community must now decide. Palisade residents will have a say in how many stores open, where they will be located, and what their hours of operation will be.
"The best democracy, I always say, is made from good argument, because there’s always two sides, and you're lucky if there only two sides, to a story or an issue," said Sales.
One concern is how will pot affect Palisade's character.
Longtime resident JoAnn Turner thinks it will be a good fit.
"I think it will be as good as the wineries and the festivals, and now with recreational pot, I think it will be an excellent idea," she said.
Other residents are looking forward to the revenue, but want the shops to limit their visibility.
"It’s such a small town atmosphere, a lot of elderly people, and I don't think it's something that needs to be in a town like we have,” said Jamie, a lifelong Palisade resident.
One thing many residents said they are hoping to avoid is having Colorado’s wine country become Colorado’s weed country.
"I think it would be wise to start with a couple of shops and see what goes from there,” said Turner.
Palisade is collecting community input through a questionnaire.
You can pick-up a copy of the questionnaire at Town Hall on 175 E. 3rd Street, or download it by clicking the link to the right. They must be returned by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17.