Silverthorne updates marijuana regulations
The Silverthorne Town Council approved an ordinance to repeal current town marijuana regulations, revise them and enact new rules at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Matt Mire, Silverthorne’s town attorney, said the goal is to ensure the code is at least as stringent as state standards.
“This wasn’t a total rewrite, but enough changed to warrant a repeal and reenactment,” he said.
The renewed regulations will allow both medical and recreational marijuana cultivation operations in the town but will ban stand-alone operations.
Matt Gennett, Silverthorne planning manager, said any marijuana grows in the town must be attached to a retail operation, and the combined size may not exceed 7,500 square feet.
“This is actually more restrictive than the state statue,” he noted.
The revised regulations also include language outlawing extracting THC with butane or other compressed gases. This July, with the passage of Colorado House Bill 1035, a statewide ban went into effect that prohibits unlicensed production of hash oil, wax or shatter.
The new regulations also forbid open public use, which includes any area where people can see or smell cannabis being consumed. There is an exemption for backyards.
Another change that may be coming is extended hours for medical marijuana retailers. The state is considering extending the hours to match recreational marijuana stores. When and if the state follows through on this change, Silverthorne will follow suit, Gennett said.
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