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Town Council will meet Tuesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss – and potentially decide – which course of action to pursue regarding medical marijuana use in Castle Rock. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.
State laws give Town Council three options for governing medical marijuana use in Castle Rock:
· Prohibit commercial medical marijuana centers in Town by ordinance
· Refer the question of prohibition to Castle Rock voters
· Allow, regulate and license the activity
The Town has a moratorium on commercial medical marijuana activity in place until Dec. 31 to allow Council time to decide this issue.
Prohibiting by ordinance would ban new centers and shut down existing centers no later than July 1, 2011. Referring the matter to voters would mean a ballot question as part of this November’s election.
Allowing, regulating and licensing the activity is the most complex option, as the new medical marijuana laws give the Town broad power and authority to decide where and how commercial medical marijuana centers may operate.
Registered patients may obtain medical marijuana by growing his or her own; from a primary caregiver; or from a medical marijuana center. Whether or not commercial medical marijuana centers are allowed or prohibited, municipalities may not prohibit patients from growing their own marijuana or a caregiver from providing marijuana to up to five patients.
Additional information, including some frequently asked questions, can be found on the Town’s website at CRgov.com/mmj. Additional questions can be directed to Town Clerk Sally Misare,303-660-1367 or smisare@CRgov.com.