Craig Metropolis (CO) Maps Out Hashish Regs & Ordinances. Income will help….


The Craig Each day Press reviews…

Municipal voters in Craig may have three marijuana questions on the November poll after metropolis councilors hashed out a lot of the town’s new marijuana ordinance late Tuesday evening.

Among the many highlights of the brand new proposal are a 5% gross sales tax and 5% excise tax on marijuana in Craig that councilors will use to fund Moffat County Libraries’ Craig department and the Museum of Northwest Colorado for a interval of 5 years, after which any new metropolis council can applicable the extra tax {dollars} at their discretion.

The taxes narrowly handed a 4-Three vote with councilors Andrea Camp, Paul James, and Steve Mazzuca dissenting.

The gross sales and excise taxes are along with present native and state taxes on marijuana gross sales in Colorado.

Councilors additionally determined to ask the marijuana poll query of voters in two separate components:
• Ought to retail gross sales by means of dispensaries be allowed in Craig?
• Ought to all different areas of marijuana enterprise be allowed in Craig, together with warehousing, courier operations, manufacturing, rising, and testing?

A 3rd poll query will ask voters whether or not the proposed gross sales and excise taxes must be handed.

Based on Metropolis Legal professional Sherman Romney, if the poll questions are accredited by voters, Craig’s marijuana ordinance can be finalized and voted on by metropolis council.

“Metropolis council would nonetheless should go it after the election; do a primary studying and second studying,” Romney mentioned.


Councilors began their license dialogue with the concept that 4 licenses be allowed for every space of marijuana enterprise in Craig, although James didn’t precisely concur with fellow council members on that quantity.

“I feel the market will dictate what number of will probably be profitable,” James mentioned.

Councilors in the end determined the town would start by permitting residents to use for 3 licenses for every space of marijuana enterprise in Craig. Purposes charges for the licenses can be non-refundable. If an utility is denied, the town would maintain that cash to assist offset the price of ongoing operations and enforcement.

Zoning and hours of operation

Councilor Chris Nichols made lots of the marijuana motions Tuesday and was first to recommend permitting simply retail gross sales inside lots of Craig’s enterprise zones — together with the town’s industrial zone, each industrial zones and each combined use zones.

Council handed the retail gross sales zones unanimously, however Nichols was the one dissenting vote for permitting the opposite areas of marijuana enterprise into the identical zones to incorporate Craig’s agricultural zone for bigger marijuana operations.

Council additionally decided that marijuana companies be saved at the very least 800 toes from parks, residences, faculties, little one care services, and church buildings. Potential operation hours in Craig can be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Safety, background checks, procuring native

Councilors at first had been torn on whether or not to require background checks, although Metropolis Supervisor Peter Brixius and Craig Police Division’s Jerry DeLong informed council they didn’t suppose it was wanted.

“I’m suggesting we don’t,” Brixius mentioned of the town conducting in depth background checks. “I’m suggesting we discover whether or not they’re a authorized resident of the US and go from there.”

Chief DeLong agreed.

“For us to do the identical background test because the state does, no,” he mentioned when requested if he thought his workplace wanted to do further background checks.

Councilors additionally determined to not require a portion of any retail operation’s marijuana be grown regionally.

Lastly, regardless of reservations from each DeLong and Capt. Invoice Leonard, councilors declined to require offsite video surveillance recording to discourage burglaries.

“I simply don’t suppose we must be forcing companies to be paying extra money,” James mentioned.



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