Montrose Adopts Moratorium Against Marijuana Shops
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo. - Amendment 64 has local governments around the state looking into whether or not they want to allow commercial selling of recreational marijuana.
On Tuesday, the city of Montrose decided against it, for now.
Montrose's city council approved the moratorium against applications for marijuana shops, which will deny anyone seeking a license to open up a store.
The moratorium only lasts for the next 6 months; it will expire before the deadline that each municipality has to permanently decide on whether or not to allow the sale of recreational marijuana within its district. Per Amendment 64, that deadline is July of 2013.
Mayor of Montrose, Thomas Smits, says the council is being proactive by enacting the moratorium now.
"Consideration of the moratorium would allow the council to put regulations in place to protect the city and it's residents if indeed the court does not appeal the state constitution, if it goes to a federal level. But really, it's buying us time until our state legislature and other bodies determine how they're going to enact this particular vote by the people," Smits explained.
Tuesday's final decision was made after the city sought input from the public in meetings, as well as based on the city's election results for Amendment 64. Data shows a majority of residents voted against it.