Breckenridge gives final approval to marijuana regulation ordinances |

Breckenridge gives final approval to marijuana regulation ordinances

Kelsey Fowler

Two ordinances regarding marijuana passed unanimously at the Oct. 8 Breckenridge Town Council meeting. An omnibus Amendment 64 Regulation Ordinance includes amendments modifying the town’s current smoking and open container ordinances to include marijuana. It also modifies the drug paraphernalia ordinance to accommodate Amendment 64 provisions, and details specific marijuana offenses. Those offenses include consuming, using, purchasing or transporting marijuana by those under age 21, and open and public display or consumption of marijuana by those over age 21.

The ordinance also prohibits the burning, smoking, inhaling of vapors or any other form of consumption of marijuana in any place of business and consumption of marijuana in a motor vehicle. Essentially, consumption of cannabis is not allowed on public property in town. Private property owners, such as resort condominiums, will have to decide if they will allow marijuana smoking.

The Residential Growing of Marijuana Ordinance offers a limited number of edits to the current Residential Growing Ordinance, established for medical marijuana. In accordance with Amendment 64, this ordinance follows state guidelines allowing individuals to have up to six marijuana plants, but allows for no more than 12 plants in a residential structure at any one time, “regardless of the number of persons occupying the residence.”

Mayor John Warner also proclaimed Oct. 15, 2013, as “Reusable Bag Day” in Breckenridge, calling on all residents and visitors to “do our small part to change the world, one bag at a time.” A bag fee for plastic and paper bags will go into effect Oct. 15.

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