Montrose could pass moratorium on pot shops
The city of Montrose could pass moratorium on pot shops within city limits
One Western Slope city doesn't want pot shops in town until the rules and regulations are finalized. A measure before the Montrose city council would do just that.
Tomorrow the Montrose city council will consider the measure. If passed, it would call for a moratorium on any retail recreational marijuana shop within city limits.
"We will, as a city council, respect the wishes of our constituents" said Carol McDermott, Montrose city council member.
The Montrose city council will be holding its regular city council meeting tomorrow evening but the meeting will be highlighted by the possibility of stopping any pot shops from opening within their city limits.
"We are considering as an agenda item on putting a moratorium on licensing for recreational use of marijuana. Our county voted not to pass amendment 64. We won’t have the data back on how our city voted until next week", explained McDermott.
When city officials discussed medicinal marijuana shops a few years ago, they also went into a moratorium. They say things are still uncertain with the new law and they're putting on the brakes until the rules are clear cut.
"What we, who represent the citizens, have to do is to put a moratorium, which technically is a waiting time until such time as the rules and regulations can be designed by the state. And that we can get more feedback directly from the people in the city", said McDermott.
We talked to some Montrose residents and got a mixed reaction about the possible moratorium. Some people say they didn't want it in their neighborhoods.
"I have three children, so I’m kind of against having that in city limits with the children", said Amanda Chavez, resident of Montrose.
Other residents say that it's not a big deal and would help boost the local economy.
"When it comes to kids… that kids would pretty much find it anywhere that they would want to find it before the amendment passed and I think that Montrose can benefit greatly from the tax revenue that it could bring in", explained Nonie Wakefield, resident of Montrose.
But no matter where you stand on the issue, the passage of Amendment 64 is making for more questions than answers here on the Western Slope.
Over the next several months we'll likely hear more in the way of guidance from state leaders, potentially providing more answers to some of the key questions local officials are now wrestling with. If you live in Montrose and would like to attend the meeting, it'll be tomorrow at 7pm at the Elks Civil Building.
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