La Plata County could expand rights for medicinal marijuana dispensaries

Updated: 08/13/2014 7:16 PM | Created: 08/13/2014 7:09 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use at the beginning of the year, it allowed local governments to work out their own rules for sellers.

"There are an extensive number of hoops you need to jump though in order to open something like this," said Garrett Smith, who owns a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Cortez.

He wants to expand to sell recreational pot, but says he understands the time it takes to get regulations ready.    

"Caution is good in any sense; you don't want to just jump in."

Tuesday night, city council members in Cortez opened the door for Smith and other medicinal dispensers. It could vote by the end of the month to allow those dispensers to expand.

However, new businesses will not get a chance to apply until the first of the year.

In Durango, city council is expected to vote Tuesday on laws that could take effect in early September.

In La Plata County, medicinal marijuana dispensaries can already apply for retail licenses, but none have so far. New businesses can apply in October. 

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