Kremmling plans to put marijuana question on 2020 ballot |

Kremmling plans to put marijuana question on 2020 ballot

Marijuana will likely be on the ballot in Kremmling next year as town officials look to gauge public support for a possible repeal of the town’s existing ban on cannabis-based businesses.

In January, Mark Wellstone, owner of the Blue Heron Dispensary in Oak Creek, appeared before the Kremmling Board of Trustees to request the town open itself up to the cannabis industry. The town currently prohibits all cannabis-based businesses within town limits, though personal possession of marijuana is legal in Kremmling under Colorado’s Amendment 64.

Kremmling established a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in 2009 and on recreational marijuana businesses after the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. According to Kremmling Town Clerk Rhonda Shearer, Kremmling passed a marijuana business ban on Aug. 21, 2013.

At the time of Wellstone’s presentation to the town, on Jan. 16, Kremmling trustees took no formal action regarding his request. In continued discussions that followed Heron’s presentation to the board, town officials determined that the issue should be posed to the voters of the community.

“No formal motion has been made,” Shearer said. “But it was a general consensus that it needs to be on the ballot.”

Shearer said she has received informal direction from the town trustees to begin the process of putting a marijuana-related question on the 2020 election ballot. She noted that the town is currently at the earliest stages of the process and did not know what language would be included on the ballot, nor whether or not the ballot would include only one marijuana-related question or multiple.

“We are so early right now,” Shearer said. “We are still 14 months away from the election. It is early but we are moving forward.”

According to Shearer, the town of Kremmling is located within two separate voting precincts in Grand County. Both of those voting precincts include voters who are Kremmling residents as well as voters who live outside of the town’s boundaries.

In 2012, the voters of those two voting precincts opposed the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana sales, possession and use across the state. According to Shearer, approximately 51 percent of voters voted to reject the amendment.

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