Oak Creek Town Board to discuss medical marijuana, board vacancy
June 22, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Like Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs before them, the town of Oak Creek will discuss the future of medical marijuana businesses in its jurisdiction during a public meeting Thursday night.
Tonight's Town Board meeting will place before the board a citizen-initiated ordinance banning medical marijuana centers, commercial grow operations and marijuana-infused product manufactures in the town. Also on the agenda are six municipal license renewal hearings relating to the two medical marijuana operations in Oak Creek.
The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in Oak Creek Town Hall.
Oak Creek residents Walt and Ann Trout started the initiative process in May when they presented a draft petition regarding the ban of dispensaries to the board, which did not adopt the ordinance or set a special election at the time.
That allowed the Trouts to collect signatures from 5 percent of the town's registered voters — a total of 35 people — to place the proposed ban before the board once more.
Those signatures were obtained and approved, according to Town Clerk Karen Halterman.
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Thursday, the board either can adopt the ordinance or send it to a public vote.
After the June 9 board meeting, the Trouts said that if there were a ballot question, they anticipate that vote to take place during the November election, but no final date has been set.
Also during Thursday's meeting:
■ There will be public hearings on the renewal of municipal licenses for medical marijuana operations in the town.
Jacob Wise's Mary's Medical and Rocky Mountain High Kitchens, as well as four licenses held by Skyler Hartman at Elevation Wellness Center, will be up for their annual renewals. Hartman and Wise will pay $75 for each license renewal.
■ The board will discuss the vacant seat left by Lawrence Jaconetta's resignation in early May. Halterman said she has not received any letters of interest for the position. Oak Creek residents interested in serving on the board can submit a letter to the clerk or can call Halterman at 970-736-2422 for more information.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com