Larimer County Planners Give Initial OK To Retail Marijuana Rules

COLORADO: At a meeting Monday night, the Larimer County Planning Commission unanimously approved recommendations on two resolutions regulating strict licensure and land use codes for marijuana retail establishments.

The planning commission’s resolution for licensing of retail marijuana establishments identifies the conditions for acquiring and maintaining a state license for the four proposed license types: marijuana store, cultivation facility, complementary products manufacturing facility and testing facility.

In November 2012, Colorado voters supported the passing of Amendment 64, which decriminalized limited personal cultivation, possession and use of marijuana by adults, and allowed adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants. The amendment was supported by 55.8 percent of Larimer County voters and 56.4 percent of voters statewide.

Colorado was required to adopt licensing regulations by July 1, but local governments now have until Oct. 1 to decide whether to ban or regulate retail marijuana establishments. Loveland City Council has already made clear its stance, voting unanimously on Aug. 6 to approve first reading of an ordinance to ban licensing and operation of any marijuana establishments within city limits. That ban, however, wouldn’t preclude Loveland residents from visiting marijuana retail shops in other communities.

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