Jeffco commissioners may allow pot testing

County drafting new marijuana ordinances

Posted 7/28/15

Jefferson County commissioners have told staff to start drafting an ordinance that would continue the prohibition of retail, cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium forbidding all commercial …

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Jeffco commissioners may allow pot testing

County drafting new marijuana ordinances

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Jefferson County commissioners have told staff to start drafting an ordinance that would continue the prohibition of retail, cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium forbidding all commercial marijuana operations ends Jan. 1.

But they are considering permitting testing facilities — with possible restrictions concerning odor.

"Like I've said, I think we need to start out slowly and this would be a gigantic jump," Commissioner Libby Szabo said about allowing marijuana growing facilities.

The July 21 direction from Szabo and fellow commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier follows a series of meetings in which staff informed them on regulations concerning all aspects of marijuana, including retail, manufacturing, testing and distribution.

Amendment 64 of the Colorado Constitution authorizes recreational use of marijuana, including operation facilities for cultivation, manufacturing, testing and retail sales. However, the amendment allows counties to regulate the industry, including banning any of the four operations.

Any ordinances governing marijuana policy will need to go to public hearing. A first reading on a draft ordinance will be scheduled for a regular county commisioner's meeting on or before Oct. 27. A second hearing is scheduled for some time in November.

"Jefferson County is a special place," Szabo said at a June meeting. "We need to keep our vision on what Jefferson County is — we have that responsibility to our community."Jefferson County commissioners have told staff to start drafting an ordinance that would continue the prohibition of retail, cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium forbidding all commercial marijuana operations ends Jan. 1.

But they are considering permitting testing facilities — with possible restrictions concerning odor.

“Like I’ve said, I think we need to start out slowly and this would be a gigantic jump,” Commissioner Libby Szabo said about allowing marijuana growing facilities.

The July 21 direction from Szabo and fellow commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier follows a series of meetings in which staff informed them on regulations concerning all aspects of marijuana, including retail, manufacturing, testing and distribution.

Amendment 64 of the Colorado Constitution authorizes recreational use of marijuana, including operation facilities for cultivation, manufacturing, testing and retail sales. However, the amendment allows counties to regulate the industry, including banning any of the four operations.

Any ordinances governing marijuana policy will need to go to public hearing. A first reading on a draft ordinance is scheduled for Oct. 27.

“Jefferson County is a special place,” Szabo said at a June meeting. “We need to keep our vision on what Jefferson County is — we have that responsibility to our community.”

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