Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Should Colorado Springs ban cannabis clubs? Tell City Council what you think tonight!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 2:04 PM

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Councilman Don Knight wants his fellow council members to consider an all-out ban on cannabis clubs inside Colorado Springs city limits.

Tonight, starting at 6 p.m., is the public’s first chance to weigh in. (Go to City Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Avenue.) 

And Studio A64 owner Ambur Rose has announced a march on City Hall to protest the proposed ban. (Visit this new Facebook page to connect with the march.) 

Knight first brought the proposal to a work session on Monday after working with several departments — including Planning, Public Safety, and the Mayor’s office — on three options for regulating the so-called “marijuana consumption clubs.”

Under either of the first two options, a “marijuana consumption club” would be defined for licensing purposes as “[a]n establishment, organization, association, club, or other similar entity or place where a purpose is to allow the consumption of marijuana, medical marijuana or marijuana product on the premises.”

The draft licensing ordinances would also prohibit: the transfer or sale of marijuana; cultivation; manufacturing of marijuana products or storage of marijuana; operation between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.; and any person under the age of 21 to enter the club.

Option 1 would: relegate clubs to parcels zoned for industrial use at least 1,000 feet from a school or drug treatment facility; subject them to new licensure; and require a ventilation and filtration system.

Option 2 would do the same as the first, though making the clubs a conditional rather than a permitted use.

Option 3: No new cannabis clubs, and existing clubs must shut down by March 2021.

Last week, the Planning Commission decided against the first two and went instead with Option 3, which is what Knight took to council Monday night.

Find all three draft ordinances the commission considered in this story at IndyWeed.com.

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