Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers listens to county attorney Rebecca Tyree explain the ballot language for cultivation marijuana facilities within county limits.

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Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers listens to county attorney Rebecca Tyree explain the ballot language for cultivation marijuana facilities within county limits.

Pot cultivation question to appear on Moffat County ballot — retail option not included

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— Moffat County commissioners will ask voters in November if they want to approve marijuana cultivation facilities within county limits. However, they opted not to address retail pot sales at this time.

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Dinosaur resident Rob Essex tells Moffat County commissioners Tuesday that he supports retail marijuana and cultivation within county limits.

That means voters will not be asked to approve or deny retail marijuana stores during the November election.

The commissioners discussed the ballot language Tuesday morning with county attorney Rebecca Tyree.

“We’ve been asked to open up the cultivation" option, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said. “We’re not here for the (retail) money.”

The question of cultivating marijuana came up after Maybell resident Kris Brannan brought a petition to the commissioners signed by 756 county residents who would like to see cultivation take place in the county.

The commissioners are not certain if they will place the retail marijuana question on the ballot in November, saying that if they do, it would be a separate ballot question.

Colorado residents approved retail marijuana use and sales in November 2012, yet votes tallied from Moffat County voters showed that a small percentage did want retail sales in county limits — with 52.8 percent voting against the amendment and 47.1 percent voting in favor.

In February 2013, the commissioners issued a ban on recreational marijuana in the county.

Yet now that retail pot sales have brought in millions of tax dollars to the state and created jobs, some in Moffat County want to reap the benefits.

It’s not clear, however, if the commissioners will allow retail sales to go on the November ballot.

“Let’s wait and see what people think of this,” Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said. “If this gets voted down, then the majority of the people in Moffat County don’t want it.”

The commissioners have until Sept. 5 to put the retail marijuana question — which is separate from the pot cultivation question — on the ballot.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

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