Boulder County Commissioners Impose Temporary Moratorium On Retail Marijuana License Applications

COLORADO: Boulder County commissioners Tuesday imposed a temporary 22-day moratorium on accepting applications from anyone seeking to engage in retail sales of recreational marijuana, or the growing of that marijuana, in unincorporated parts of the county.

The moratorium formalizes a position the commissioners took last week. It leads up to an Oct. 22 public hearing at which the commissioners are to consider not-yet-written temporary regulations that would allow current medical-marijuana establishments already operating in the unincorporated areas of the county to begin seeking Boulder County licenses to use their current locations for the growth, wholesale or retail markets for recreational marijuana.

That Oct. 22 hearing and meeting also is expected to include consideration of what the appropriate length of time might be for any additional moratorium on retail marijuana establishments to give county officials a chance to study what regulations, fees and ballot measures might be needed to oversee retail marijuana establishments.

Unless the commissioners extend the moratorium beyond Oct. 22, applicants that now are operating as medical marijuana centers in the county could begin seeking county retail marijuana licenses on Oct. 23 and might be able to begin selling marijuana for recreational use as early as next January.

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