COLORADO: Representatives of the marijuana industry, supported by Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles, want the city to reconsider its approach to marijuana regulation and come in line with the rest of the state, but top city officials say the more stringent approach has resulted in a safer city while still allowing businesses to be competitive.
Cowles said the city’s regulations may have made sense when legal marijuana first exploded in 2009 and the industry included shady actors with criminal records, but the remaining 77 licensed businesses have shown themselves able and willing to follow exacting rules and shouldn’t have to live with a “zero tolerance” policy for any rule violation and city staff who have the discretion to revoke a license without an administrative review.
“Most people in the industry feel like it isn’t working that well,” Cowles said. “They feel like they’re hanging from a thread that could be cut at any time. Our ordinance says that having a marijuana business is not a property right. It’s a privilege. We say there’s zero tolerance and no administrative review. That makes someone feel pretty insecure, and that’s not fair.”