Larimer County wants to delay marijuana businesses

7:55 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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In the first of a series of meetings that will help guide the county's approach to legal marijuana, Sheriff Justin Smith and District Attorney Cliff Riedel told county commissioners that they are scratching their heads over details of marijuana enforcement.

What constitutes public consumption of marijuana? When deputies discover greater quantities of marijuana, how do they know whether Amendment 64 justifies it? Will crime targeting marijuana shops spike?

Commissioner Steve Johnson said legal questions about over this "unplowed ground."

Until the state answers some of those questions by adopting regulations and legislation that creates guidelines for commercial marijuana operations, both Smith and Riedel favor temporary bans on them in Larimer County.

Like their counterparts statewide and in the municipalities in Larimer County, residents of the unincorporated county that the board of commissioners governs favored passage of Amendment 64. The amendment legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, its use as long as it's not in public, cultivation of up to six plants and distribution - although until Colorado statute and regulations are modified, sale remains illegal.

A state task force expects to present its recommendations to the state Legislature at the end of next month.

Johnson said future meetings are planned to tackle land-use aspects of the constitutional amendment and to hear citizens' opinions on the matter.

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