Marijuana ordinance changes postponed

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Despite being up for second reading, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners did not vote on proposed changes to the county’s marijuana ordinance Tuesday afternoon, instead continuing the vote to the board’s July 21 meeting to allow for more work to be done.

That work will be done in the form of a work session hosted by County Attorney Todd Starr at 1 p.m. this afternoon in the commissioners’ meeting room on Lewis Street.

Specifically, those interested in attending that work session will look at crafting language to be added to the ordinance that would require licensed retail (recreational) marijuana stores in Archuleta County to primarily sell locally grown product.

That language would then be taken back to the BoCC for consideration.

The topic of local retail stores (as opposed to medical dispensaries, which are regulated separately in the ordinance) selling locally grown product came as the board was discussing other new language aimed at retail marijuana.

That other new language, while similar in nature, would apply to a different facet of the marijuana industry — the growing of the marijuana, not where a retail store is required to obtain product from.

If approved, the changed ordinance would allow a limited number of grow operations in unincorporated Archuleta County not associated with a store.

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