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Oil & Gas, Marijuana, Focus of Colorado Commissioners Conference

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper addressed the opening session December 2nd of Colorado Counties Winter Conference in Colorado Springs.

(Colorado Springs)—The Fremont County Commissioners along with commissioners from 59 other Colorado counties and other county officials gathered in Colorado Springs, December 1st –3rd, to attend intensive discussion panels concerning pressing issues.   The three day winter conference of the Colorado Counties Foundation featured meetings on many issues affecting Colorado counties including child welfare, transportation funding, oil & gas, marijuana regulation, TABOR and government transparency.    County officials also heard from Governor John Hickenlooper who stressed all parties working together after a difficult election.

Fremont County Commissioners Tim Payne, Debbie Bell, and Ed Norden were particularly interested in an opening session discussion amongst commissioners regarding state marijuana regulations and common problems being experienced by counties throughout the state in dealing with marijuana issues.

Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace shared information regarding preliminary discussion about possible legislation to be introduced in the 2015 legislative session.    Pace said of particular concern is the lack of registration of caregivers for medical marijuana patients.   He said legislation would hope to address a limit on the number of marijuana plants that a caregiver could cultivate for each patient.

The conference also saw heightened interest on both sides of the oil and gas regulatory debate as the Governor’s Oil & Gas Task Force prepares to issue its’ proposed regulations for the industry in early 2015.