Retail Pot Ban Passes First Reading
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo. - The Montrose City Council decided to move forward with a resolution that could permanently ban all retail marijuana establishments in their city.
The ordinance passed its first reading unanimously Tuesday evening.
The ban would include many different kinds of retail marijuana establishments including shops, manufacturing and cultivation facilities.
City officials say their decision is a reflection of their voters, the majority whom voted against Amendment 64.
"We looked at that, we looked at the fact that we've all sworn to uphold the federal constitution and at the point we felt it was best to establish the moratorium, wait the six months and now we'll discuss it again and see if we have any changes," said Judy Ann Files, the Mayor of Montrose.
If the ordinance passes, anyone who violates it could be subject to a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both.
The second reading for the ordinance will be at the City Council meeting scheduled for June 4.