Silverthorne OKs medical pot regs
October 30, 2009
SILVERTHORNE – Silverthorne’s now on board with regulating the influx of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state by approving new regulations, including provisions that allow plant cultivation within specific areas of town.
With the new regulations approved, medical marijuana dispensaries can open in any zone already allowing drug stores and pharmacies. Other location requirements include not being too close to schools, public places, residential neighborhoods and other medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance also requires dispensaries to comply with limitations regulating store hours, security, product displays and signs.
To get in front of inquiries about opening medical marijuana dispensaries within the town, the council imposed a 90-day moratorium to expire Nov. 10 while it created regulations for the blossoming medical marijuana market. Silverthorne already has one dispensary – High Country Healing – that opened a shop in the Quiznos building, across from Wendy’s.
Council members agreed at the town meeting Wednesday that they’ve arrived at a pretty good start, but now they’ll have to see how regulations function in “reality.”
“Let’s give it a try and see where we go from here,” Councilman Bruce Butler said.
According to Councilwoman Peggy Long, the town needs to be cautious about the new business model so it doesn’t take away rights or infringe on the desires of the community.
“It’s going to evolve,” said Mayor Dave Koop.
Councilman Kevin McDonald agreed, saying: “I’d be surprised if it (regulations) will look like this in a year.”
Breckenridge and Frisco already have regulations in place. Dillon will likely approve its own medical marijuana rules in November.