Dillon moves toward allowing retail marijuana shops | SummitDaily.com

Dillon moves toward allowing retail marijuana shops

The Dillon Town Council was set to vote at its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, on implementing a 5 percent excise tax on retail marijuana sales.

The new tax would be used to pay for training, enforcement and administration of applicable marijuana laws and regulations, and to support local drug and alcohol programs and facilities, as well as go toward general town expenses.

Dillon doesn’t have any retail pot shops yet, but town clerk Jan Thomas said Tuesday that the town has received one application from Alpenglow Botanicals, which has a dispensary in Breckenridge.

In August, the Dillon Town Council ended its moratorium on retail marijuana businesses. The town still prohibits medical marijuana sales as well as marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing and testing facilities.

According to town regulations, retail marijuana shops would be permitted only in Dillon’s commercial and mixed-use zoning districts. Shops would be required to abide by a 300-foot setback from churches, parks, public open spaces and residences, as well as 1,000-foot setbacks from schools, child care facilities, college campuses, correctional institutions and public housing projects.

Taking those zoning and setback requirements into consideration, Dillon has 24 parcels that could potentially house a retail pot outlet, but that doesn’t mean there are 24 vacant commercial or mixed-use buildings in town. None of the approved parcels is located in the town core.

Though those rules went into effect Aug. 24, Dillon couldn’t accept retail business applications until Oct. 1, according to state law, because the town banned medicinal pot following the passage of Amendment 64.

In September 2013, the council passed the retail moratorium, citing the strategic advantage of watching how retail would be handled by neighboring municipalities before drafting its own regulations.

The council put the tax question to the voters, who passed it in the April election by 77 percent, with 115 votes for and 34 votes against.

At the meeting Tuesday, the town council heard the first reading of the new regulation. The second and final reading will be Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Joe Moylan contributed to this report.

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