Grand Junction City Council Passes Ban on the Retail Sale of Marijuana
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Grand Junction City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance that will ban the retail sale, production, cultivation, and manufacturing of marijuana in Grand Junction.
Amendment 64 allows the government to regulate or prohibit the retail sale of marijuana by ordinance or through a vote on the General Election ballot.
The ordinance does not influence those utilizing medical marijuana.
During Wednesday night's City Council meeting, Grand Junction Chief of Police, John Camper, gave his opinion of the ordinance to the Council members.
One issue discussed was the mixed message sent to kids if a marijuana tax were to help fund Colorado schools.
Camper also said that although there is no certain link to marijuana use and an increase in crime, he felt that it would be in the best interest of the community if the ordinance was put into place.
Before the final vote, nearly a dozen Grand Junction residents spoke to the Council, with the majority of those speakers opposing the ban.
Some Council members suggested the city should keep an eye on those cities in Colorado that are allowing marijuana sales, to see how their communities are impacted positively or negatively.
51 percent of Grand Junction voters opposed Amendment 64 back in 2012.