Residents question need for cultivation operations

County Commissioners Ben Tisdel (left) and Don Batchelder discuss the county's marijuana ordinance at a regular meeting in Colona Tuesday morning. Following Tisdel's recommendation on the ordinance draft, members of the public made sure commissioners knew their own stances. Generally disagreeing with several portions of the draft, some county residents suggested shelving the marijuana ordinance for good.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

The future of marijuana cultivation in Ouray County may be in question after members of the public expressed their disdain for the county’s proposed marijuana ordinance revision at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. While some were opposed only to large-scale cultivation facilities, others didn’t hold back their thoughts on marijuana in general.
The meeting was a continuation of a public hearing from December that focused on first reading of the county’s newest marijuana regulations. On Tuesday commissioners continued first reading to May 14.
Tuesday’s discussion started on the subject of the ordinance revision and its more recent tweaks made by land use staff, but eventually spiraled into the public questioning cultivation’s effectiveness and relevancy overall.
Although there were many new commenters, some members of the public had also been vocal during the KOB Group’s request to transfer their cultivation facility to Log Hill last year. Residents of that area were strongly opposed to the facility’s presence, which eventually resulted in the board determining the operation wouldn’t fit the rural and scenic character of the area.
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