Fruita City Council Discusses Retail Marijuana Operations
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- Fruita voters are closer to being able to decide whether they want retail sales of marijuana within city limits.
According to Fruita's Mayor, Lori Buck, council members passed the first reading several actions Tuesday night; they also passed one emergency action.
The emergency ordinance goes into effect immediately and temporarily bans retail marijuana establishments in city limits for 60 days.
The council then passed a first reading on an ordinance that would ban pot shops until voters have a chance to decide, in the April 1, 2014, elections whether or not they want them around.
A first reading on that ordinance, asking voters to decide if commercial pot shops can operate in city limits also passed its first reading.
Voters could also be asked if a five percent excise tax should be placed on those marijuana sales.
Finally, the council passed an ordinance that alters the city's municipal code that makes the personal use of cannabis legal, but bans retail sales at this time, unless voters decide otherwise on April 1, 2014.
The city will now hold a final reading and public hearing on Oct. 1 to pass these ordinances.