Marijuana tension dates back to original 2014 adoption

by Dalton Carver

It’s been more than five years since an ordinance adopted by the Board of County Commissioners allowed for expansion of the marijuana industry in Ouray County, and some believe that’s long enough to determine the process a failure.
Tensions have risen at recent board meetings discussing the county’s newest ordinance pertaining to marijuana, specifically focusing on whether marijuana operations should truly be considered an agricultural use.
In a public hearing considering adoption of the county’s revised marijuana regulations at the end of February, there wasn’t a word of public support for the ordinance revision.
County residents, primarily from the Log Hill area, blatantly expressed their disdain for several segments of the ordinance, eventually morphing into comments suggesting the county get rid of the ordinance entirely.
Looking back through the minutes of the first meeting in which a cultivation ordinance was adopted, one finds similar issues mentioned that are the focus of recent discussions.

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