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Vail Town Council to Review Status of Temporary Ban on Retail Marijuana Sales

  • 26 May 2015

The Vail Town Council will review the status of a temporary moratorium banning retail marijuana sales within the town boundaries at its Tuesday, June 2 meeting. The item is listed eighth on the agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment. 

The temporary moratorium has been in place since July 15, 2014 and is set to expire on July 31 following an earlier extension. During Tuesday’s discussion, Community Development Director George Ruther will present an update on the trends and realities around recreational marijuana retail sales in other communities with a recommendation to draft an ordinance to create a permanent ban. Town of Vail ordinances require two readings for approval.

Passage of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters in 2012 establishes a wide spectrum of options for local governments to consider ranging from a prohibition on the operation of retail establishments to regulations reflecting the extent allowed by state law.

A 16-member Recreational Marijuana Working Group was convened by the town in 2014 to explore the topic more fully, generating a list of nearly 60 questions and issues on the topic. Since then, council members had cited an interest in allowing the trends and realities around recreational marijuana retail sales to more fully develop. In particular council members asked to collect data on retail sales practices in Aspen, Breckenridge and unincorporated Eagle County to better assist in making a decision on what Vail’s marijuana policy should be.

The staff memo on this topic is available online, or to comment in advance of the meeting, email the Town Council at towncouncil@vailgov.com.

Contact: George Ruther, 970-479-2145
Community Development Director 

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