Grand Junction Considers Marijuana Moratorium
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - On Monday the Grand Junction City Council considered whether or not to enact a moratorium against recreational marijuana sales within city limits.
It was nearly a unanimous vote for the moratorium. However, not all council members think abstaining from participating in Amendment 64 would benefit the city.
The council largely wants to outlaw recreational marijuana sales because they say, it's what Mesa County voters wanted when a majority of them voted against Amendment 64 in November.
However, Bennett Boeschenstein took pause at Monday's meeting, saying there are factors he wants to consider before voting. Some of those factors include looking at what other neighboring cities, such as Palisade and Fruita, will be doing. Boeschenstein also wants to consider the tax benefit and what effect regulating recreational marijuana might have on the local economy.
"It could be a good source of revenue for the city ... and certainly we regulate other drugs like alcohol," explained Boeschenstein.
"The taxes are not extremely high and it's possible that it could cost the cities more than that, in the long run. We don't know the answers to that," countered Phyllis Norris.
Officials will be given more information and will take a first vote during Wednesday's city council meeting. Two weeks from then, they will hold a forum for public comment on the issue on Aug. 21.
The council will take a second and final vote following the public forum to pass the moratorium.