Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Manitou to talk marijuana tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

click to enlarge Manitou Springs City Council at a meeting last August. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • Manitou Springs City Council at a meeting last August.
Tonight at 7 at City Hall, Manitou Springs will hold the first reading of its proposed ordinance to allow two recreational-marijuana dispensaries.

The meeting's been coming since a November council decision to move forward with crafting the ordinance. That same night, Mayor Marc Snyder delivered an impassioned defense of the town's approach to marijuana, calling out cannabis supporters and detractors alike for presenting the extremes of the issue.

"All right, so, what I hear tonight is we have a majority of councilors who are ready to move forward with this," Snyder ultimately said at the end of a meeting that finished around midnight. "And, like I said, you can either shut up and get out of the way, or find a way to get behind it. And I feel like if we’re going to be moving forward with this than it’s time to do it right."

We're having a hard time embedding the ordinance from Scribd, but see the PDF for details:  Manitou Springs' recreational-marijuana ordinance

In it, the city lays out a plan to go two for four in license allowance: prohibit cultivation and infused-products facilities, but allow for retail and testing facilities. Packaging will be logo-free, and contain a flyer outlining Manitou's laws. Additionally, for people concerned about quality:

"All marijuana, marijuana products and marijuana concentrates sold at retail marijuana stores shall be tested for contaminants and potency, and shall be labeled with the results of those tests," reads the proposed ordinance. "The sale of marijuana that is not tested for contaminants and potency is prohibited."

There are set-back requirements from drug rehab, child-care and other dispensaries, but they're all limited to the outer parts of town, anyway.

The annual retail license dictates operating hours that start no earlier than 8 a.m., and end no later than 7 p.m, seven days a week, with on-site consumption prohibited. As for those green crosses:

"Advertisements, signs, displays or other promotional material depicting retail marijuana uses or symbols shall not be shown or exhibited off the premises or in any manner which is visible to the public from roadways, pedestrian sidewalks or walkways, or from other public areas," it reads.

Lastly, a separate proposed ordinance outlines an annual licensing fee of $5,000.

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