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Commissioners Set Hearing Date for MMJ Licensing Ordinance

The Fremont County Commissioners took part at their May 27th meeting in presenting a Colorado Civil Air Patrol Award of Achievement to Cadet Daniel Turner of Canon City. Pictured at left with Turner is Major Commander of the Fremont Starfire Cadet Squadron Bryce Nelson along with Commissioners Tim Payne, Debbie Bell, and Ed Norden

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The Fremont County Board of Commissioners has set a public hearing to consider regulations for the licensing of medical marijuana businesses that operate in Fremont County.   At their May 27th regular meeting the Commissioners voted to set a special meeting to consider the licensing regulations.   The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 26th, at 3:30 in the Commissioners’ meeting, Room LL-3 of the Fremont County Administration Building.

District 3 Commissioner Ed Norden said the board felt that setting the public hearing at a special meeting would assure enough time for those who might want to comment.   He added that the late afternoon hearing might also give more people an opportunity to attend.  District 2 Commissioner Debbie Bell said developing the regulations has been a lengthy process.   She said among the issues the regulations will address are marijuana odors, lighting, and licensing fees.

The Commissioners also approved a resolution extending the current moratorium on any new medical marijuana businesses until August 1st.   The original 120 day moratorium was set to expire in mid-June.   Since the Board would not be considering the licensing regulations until June 26th the moratorium extension was needed to prevent any new businesses from starting in the interim.   Even if the new licensing regulations are adopted it would allow the county’s Planning and Zoning Department time to prepare forms and paperwork in order to start accepting applications from medical marijuana businesses on August 1st.

Fremont County Budget and Finance Officer Sunny Bryant reported to the Board that 2014 first quarter retail sales collections in the county are $18,932 ahead of a year ago.   Bryant said retail sales tax collections for the first three months totaled $851,646 compared to $832,714 for the same period one year ago.

In other business the Commissioners:

  • Approved a six month extension of the deadline for Pikes Peak Motor Company to comply with requirements to operate an auto graveyard and classic car business west of Penrose along US Highway 50;
  • Issued a proclamation supporting the Children and Youth Leadership Commission on Human Trafficking in raising attention about the growing problem with sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children;
  • Approved a resolution granting an exemption of two parcels of land from county subdivision regulations in order to settle a boundary line lawsuit along McDaniel Boulevard south of Cañon City;
  • Took part in presenting a Colorado Civil Air Patrol Award of Achievement to Cadet Daniel Turner along with Commander Bryce Nelson of the Fremont Starfire Cadet Squadron.