Coloradoan — Retail marijuana stores won’t be allowed in Fort Collins soon, but their opening dates may not be as far off as expected.
The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would temporarily ban marijuana stores until March 31 so the city can line up regulations for the businesses.
But some council members said they would like to see the city’s time frame moved up. Voters gave their approval to Amendment 64, which legalized possession of marijuana and a retail system for its distribution, 10 months ago and their wishes should be respected, said Councilman Ross Cunniff.
Voters want marijuana regulated like alcohol, he said.
“I think it’s our job to figure out how best to do that,” Cunniff said.
But other council members said six months would allow city staff members time to do the research and community outreach needed to craft a regulatory system that lines up with state law and community values.
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