A draft ordinance that would allow marijuana retail businesses to be as near as 250 feet from Silverton School drew fire Tuesday night, Nov. 12 at the Silverton Town Council meeting.
A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m., but town officials have already indicated they prefer to put the matter before voters in the April 1, 2014 election.
A couple of dozen Silverton residents packed the Town Council chambers Monday in opposition to the ordinance.
Colorado voters approved legalization of recreational marijuana in the 2012 election. State regulations will allow retail stores to open in January, but local municipalities have the option of prohibiting or restricting such sales outlets or other marijuana-related businesses.
Silverton School Superintendent Kim White urged town officials to be cautious.
White said the school has seen “a sharp decline in drug and alcohol use in recent years, and it hasn’t been by accident.”
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