Sharp differences emerged during a public hearing Monday, Aug, 26, on whether the town should allow retail marijuana businesses, but in the end, the Silverton Town Council voted 5-2 to regulate and not prohibit such operations.
Mayor Chris Tookey and Trustee David Zanoni dissented.
Zanoni had earlier offered a motion to ban retail sales here, but that motion died for lack of a second.
Marijuana possession for recreational use by adults has been legal in Colorado since January, following a ballot issue in 2012. The state is drafting a regulatory framework set to be in place by Jan. 1, 2014, when the state will begin issuing licenses for retail marijuana sales.
In San Juan County, voters approved legalization 328 to 174 (65 percent to 35 percent).
Town Clerk Brian Carlson explained that under the new state law, marijuana use would still not be allowed in public places or buildings.
“It would be limited to the user’s own residence, including the ability for outdoor use on one’s own property.”
Residents are also allowed to grow up to six plants indoors.
Carlson pointed out that the Town Council has no authority to ban possession, private use and cultivation.
The town’s authority is pretty much limited to determining the time, manner and place of retail marijuana sales.
GET THE FULL STORY IN THE SILVERTON STANDARD!
Subscribe to the e-mail edition for only $26 a year.
Get a full PDF of the entire paper every Thursday morning instantly.
Or get the traditional subscription — the newspaper mailed to your home each week, for $48 a year..
Subscribe now to “Silverton Public Newspaper,” now owned by the San Juan County Historical Society.
Just use the buttons at the top of the Silverton Standard home page.
Or call (970) 387-5477
Or send a check to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433