- Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
- On October 17, 2017
Fort Collins is one of the best places to live in the United States, and we’re excited to have the opportunity this election cycle to make it Infinitely Better!
As the only city in Colorado that has voter initiated medical marijuana laws, Fort Collins requires all changes to municipal medical marijuana laws to be passed by voter approval. As adult use (recreational) cannabis is regulated by amendment 64 to the Colorado constitution, adult use cannabis doesn’t fall under this same strict requirements.
When voters approved medical marijuana in November of 2012 with initiative 301, the industry was just a fledgling compared to the bustling economy it has grown in to. Modifying any part of the previously passed initiatives would require voter approval, and elections can cost the city up to $100,000. Because of this, ballot initiative 2C has the city asking voters for permission to make changes to the City’s medical marijuana regulations and laws that conform to changes the State makes to its medical marijuana regulations, without first obtaining City voters’ consent to the changes.
The Ballot Language will appear exactly as seen below:
SHALL THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 15-491 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FORT COLLINS BE ADOPTED, SO AS TO ALLOW THE CITY COUNCIL, IF IT DESIRES, TO ADOPT AMENDMENT TO OR ADD PROVISIONS IN CHAPTER 15, ARTICLE XVI OF THE CITY CODE PERTAINING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO STAY CURRENT WITH APPLICABLE STATE LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS, SO LONG AS SUCH AMENDMENTS OR ADDITIONS ARE NOT CONTRARY TO AND DO NOT ELIMINATE ANY OF THE 2012 CITIZEN INITIATED PROVISIONS, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SEC. 15491(b)?
But what would the city possibly need to modify the laws for?
Fort Collins has a unique purchase restriction that limits patients to their purchase amounts once every seven days. In comparison, most other cities allow this purchase once per day. This can become problematic for patients who have serious illnesses and require large amounts of cannabis to make concentrated treatments or topicals themselves. These same patients may not be able to find the exact product of their specification in a standard dispensary.
Additionally, Fort Collins closes medical marijuana sales at 7 PM, where competing cities are able to conduct sales until 10PM. Currently, adult use (recreational) sales are allowed from 8 AM to 8 PM, and the city council could adjust the law to match should 2C pass.
Furthermore, this would give the city the flexibility to move forward as the industry grows. Recently, Growcentia, a local CSU based startup that works with soil amendments, has shown interest in securing a new type of license that would allow them the ability to conduct research on cannabis without selling or processing. Under the current law, they would be unable to conduct this research without a voter approved change of the laws, stifling innovation at the local level.
Fort Collins Ballot initiative 2C for the November 2017 election should have a positive change on our current medical marijuana facilities located within city limits, and gives the power to change them directly to locally elected officials. In an industry that has boomed over the last five years and had a dramatic effect on our local economy, both within the industry and on ancillary businesses. Giving the city council the flexibility to modify the laws would enable Fort Collins to continue to be a leader in the growing billion dollar market within the state, and if not a leader when federal prohibition ends.
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Want to learn more about your ballot? Read more on the Coloradoan about the Larimer County election.
Curious on local Fort Collins laws concerning cannabis? Read more here.