The report reveals
County commissioners voted unanimously for the “opt out” with the intention of revisiting the temporary ban in 90 days.
The temporary ban applies to future businesses that would be licensed by the state for marijuana growing, processing, retail sales and wholesaling. It also applies to businesses that wish to grow medical marijuana or open dispensaries. The decision doesn’t affect potential businesses within city limits. Existing medical marijuana growing operations are not affected.
Commissioner Tony DeBone was not initially in favor of the opt out, wishing to address the land use regulation now rather than later. But he wavered after the option of revisiting the temporary ban after 90 days was proposed.
The county can rescind the ban at any time from now until November. County commissioners did not express support for bringing the ban to the November general election. If commissioners put the issue on the ballot, the ban would need to be approved by voters to be permanent.
County commissioners also decided to form a citizen advisory committee in early 2016 that would review and make further recommendations on proposed marijuana land use regulations.
Commissioner Tammy Baney said during Monday’s meeting imposing regulations at this point would be a “wild card” and prone to potential legal challenges.