Marijuana-related businesses will be allowed in San Juan County after all, the county commissioners decided on Wednesday, after a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to ban such institutions.
The commissioners voted unanimously to reject the draft ordinance and to instead draft a new ordinance that would regulate recreational marijuana businesses.
Commissioners Scott Fetchenhier and Pete McKay expressed surprise that the draft ordinance banning marijuana businesses appeared before them last month.
“Who made the decision to introduce this ordinance?” Fetchenhier asked. “This was a surprise to me two weeks ago.”
County Administrator Willy Tookey said it was his understanding that the commissioners sought to prohibit such businesses in the county until other counties in the state see how things work out.
Colorado voters approved legalizing marijuana in the November 2012 election. State regulations are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, allowing retail marijuana shops to open.
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