Oak Creek to consider cultivation moratorium
Town Board wants time to craft marijuana law after dispensary approval
March 11, 2010
If you go
What: The Oak Creek Town Board meeting
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Oak Creek Town Hall
Steamboat Springs — After approving a conditional license for a medical marijuana dispensary in January, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider tonight a moratorium to stop cultivation operations from gaining town approval.
At a meeting at 7 p.m., the Town Board is scheduled to consider a 90-day moratorium that would prevent medical marijuana growing operations from gaining land use approval. The proposed moratorium does not address the legality of growing operations or ban growing operations from town, but states that any request for a land use change involving medical marijuana will not be processed. The moratorium, written by town attorney Bob Weiss at the request of the board, does not apply to legal grow operations started before the ordinance was passed.
"If someone applies for something that is otherwise regulated by the town's land use process that involves the cultivation of marijuana for land use purposes, then the town would not accept that proposition," Weiss said.
Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the issue was raised because there had been informal inquiries into the possibility of opening a large-scale growing operation on Main Street.
Weiss said the town was not weighing in on the medical marijuana debate.
"The town's not into the business of getting into the legality or illegality of cultivation," Weiss said.
Board members also will consider the medical marijuana ordinance they have been discussing for several months, since Jacob Wise proposed opening a dispensary downtown. The board rejected a proposed moratorium on dispensaries at a Jan. 28 meeting, voting instead to approve a six-month conditional license as they prepared the final ordinance. The ordinance would give guidance for future dispensaries and solidify the regulations governing the current dispensary.
During hearings regarding the dispensary, dispensary members said they grew most of the marijuana out of town limits and brought it into town to sell.
The Town Board also will consider a renewal of the liquor license for the Colorado Bar and will hear from Megan Rea regarding the Global Youth Services Day planned at Soroco High School.