Douglas County, CO Commissioner Jack Hilbert has jumped the gun– even though legal marijuana shops aren’t expected to open in Colorado until 2014, Hilbert has introduced an ordinance that would ban the storefronts from opening in the county.
This is not surprising, as Douglas County commissioners have long held their anti-marijuana stance, even going as far as to place a medical marijuana dispensary ban on the 2010 election ballot.
The new proposed ordinance, aims to prohibit “the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities or retail marijuana stores within the unincorporated boundaries of Douglas County, State of Colorado.”
Under the “purpose” section of the proposal, the purpose of the ordinance is “to promote the general public welfare and safety throughout Douglas County, Colorado” by prohibiting the aforementioned marijuana-related businesses.
One of the points that the ordinance makes is that Douglas County voters actually did not approve of Amendment 64– 55% of voters in the county voted against legalizing marijuana.
The ordinance also points out that Amendment 64 gives counties the option to opt-out of marijuana sales. The commissioner wants to opt-out, and plans to fine anyone who ignores the ordinance $1,000 per offense, with each day considered a new violation.
Douglas County is the eighth most populous county in Colorado. It is located between Denver and Colorado Springs.