Tuesday, November 18, 2014

El Paso County will likely ban marijuana social clubs

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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Today, the El Paso County Planning Commission voted 7 to 2 in favor of a measure that would essentially ban marijuana social clubs in unincorporated areas of the county.

The full Board of County Commissioners will consider the ordinance at its next meeting and, considering previous votes on the subject, is likely to vote for the ban.

The ordinance defines "Club, Marijuana" as "any organization of persons, however otherwise defined or described, formed or operated with a primary or secondary purpose of using or consuming marijuana at a common location and characterized by membership qualifications, dues or regular meetings."

There are currently no clubs in the county, that we're aware of, but similar businesses would be those like downtown's Studio A64 — which the city of Colorado Springs unsuccessfully sought to shut down earlier this year — or Speak Easy Vape Lounge (pictured).

Clubs are a gray area, taking advantage of the fact that users can partake of the drug in a private area. Some accept "donations" in lieu of payment for marijuana dispensed on-site, while others mandate you bring it yourself.

Here's the full executive summary:

"A request by El Paso County Development Services Department to amend the El Paso County Land Development Code (2013) to identify that a Marijuana Club is a prohibited land use in all zoning districts. The proposed amendments include adding a definition "Club, Marijuana," listing in Use Table 5-1 Principal uses and Table 5-2 Accessory Uses, Section 5.3.1 Temporary Use Permits, and adding a footnote to the tables that a Marijuana Club is a prohibited use."

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