Fruita City Council Discusses Permanent Retail Pot Ban
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - The state of Colorado has a July 1 deadline to set a standard for retail marijuana regulations while counties and municipalities have until October 1 to set theirs.
Tuesday night the Fruita City Council met to discuss what direction to take with the possibility of retail marijuana shops popping up in their city.
Most of the council cited the fact that the majority of voters in Fruita were against medicinal marijuana establishments, so they said they believe banning retail marijuana shops could be the right choice as well.
"City staff will come back to us with a ban in the next couple months, an ordinance for a ban. Then we'll look at it and at that point take a formal vote in a public hearing and go from there," said Mayor Lori Buck.
Council members Bruce Bonar and Mel Mulder said they would support hearing different options regarding marijuana shops.
Bonar said he believed it would be hypocritical to allow liquor stores and bars in Fruita without considering a way to incorporate retail marijuana into the local economy.