Palisade's Temporary Ban For Marijuana Clubs
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo.- Palisade is the only area in the Grand Valley where Medical Marijuana is sold.
The town is now following other Western Slope towns, and have put a ban until Oct. 1, on marijuana clubs that are now popping up in other areas of Colorado.
Palisade town officials, and the Board of Trustees voted to temporarily put a ban on marijuana clubs due to the gray area that lingers from Amendment 64.
"There is still a lot of unknowns; about how the state's going to handle this, how the federal government is going to handle this; it conflicts with our own codes, our municipal codes, our land use codes. The moratorium is temporary and it just puts it on hold until
we can consider what changes our community would like to see, and then what changes we will need to make in order to meet the statutory requirements of the state," said Rich Sales, town administrator.
What exactly did the town put a moratorium on?
"Private clubs, where they pay a fee to come in and smoke marijuana in a establishment," said Sales.
The Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Palisade says these clubs should be heavily regulated.
"Everybody should wait until July to see how the state wants to regulate it, and then move forward from there; If they want to have such a place or not. I'm really indifferent. It's really up to the people of Palisade. What they chose to have in their own town," said Desa Loughman, co-owner of Colorado Alternative Health.
Experts say a similar club in Denver, Club 64, is already up and running.
"I Think Club 64 is kind of a loophole in the system. I think that everybody needs to follow the same rules that we've had to go through, and be regulated. Every municipality should decide how they want to regulate this, if they want this in their area or not," said Loughman.
Some residents say they don't believe marijuana clubs are a viable business.
However, organizer Robert Corry, of Club 64 in Denver, said they currently have 200 members, and have 800 people on the waiting list.
The Town of Palisade says they will move forward come Oct. 1, after the state has set regulations.