Frisco weighs moratorium on permits for recreational marijuana businesses
Ryan Summerlin January 22, 2013
The Frisco Town Council will consider tonight a temporary ban on issuing permits to recreational marijuana businesses.
The council will wait until the state adopts Amendment 64 regulations before moving ahead, Frisco Town Manager Bill Efting said.
“One of the reasons behind it is, until the state decides on what is going to be legal and what is not, I think we’d rather err on being cautious,” he said.
The recently convened Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, a statewide panel tasked with helping lawmakers implement regulations on the sale of recreational marijuana, is expected to issue its recommendations in February. If the state fails to adopt regulations by July 1, or doesn’t begin accepting applications for marijuana establishments by Oct. 1, regulatory authority rolls down to local governments.
As a result, Frisco’s moratorium is set to expire on Oct. 1.
“The idea is, protect the town and protect the people, until we know what the state is going to come out with,” Efting said. “It’s just playing defense.”
The town manager said Frisco has not received any permit requests for recreational marijuana businesses since Amendment 64 was approved in November. Additionally, the proposed moratorium will not affect the town’s existing medical marijuana dispensaries, Efting said.
Under the amendment, towns can craft ordinances that prohibit or regulate marijuana-related businesses.
Others towns, including Vail and Fruita, are taking a similar wait-and-see approach and have already instituted temporary bans.