Estes Park Election Could Finish Marijuana Company Ban


A December election in one particular of Colorado’s most heavily visited compact towns could approve permitting marijuana dispensaries and industrial increasing operations inside its borders.

Residents of Estes Park — a town of about six,000 men and women that feeds, lodges and entertains a lot of of Rocky Mountain National Park’s three million guests every year — will vote on a ballot measure December 10 that would finish the nearby government’s ban on industrial marijuana. The town has in no way permitted health-related or recreational marijuana corporations, but that would transform if Ordinance 23-19 is authorized.

The measure proposes producing 4 distinctive cannabis business enterprise licenses: health-related dispensaries, health-related cultivations, recreational dispensaries and recreational cultivations dual-licensed grows or dispensaries functioning with each would also be permitted. There would be just 3 licenses issued in every category, and the ordinance would not enable the corporations to be situated in Estes Park’s downtown business enterprise district about Elkhorn Avenue, or inside 1,000 feet of any principal education schools.

Letters to the editor of Estes Park’s nearby newspaper, the Estes Park Trail Gazette, show a handful of retired residents strongly opposed marijuana corporations in 2017. A faction to defeat the initiative, Estes Park Citizens Opposed to Legal Marijuana Outlets, has spent $two,400 on campaigning, though two separate groups have spent a small beneath $four,000 in assistance of the measure. (Neither the Estes Park Citizens Opposed to Legal Marijuana Outlets nor the EP4MJ Committee, the biggest monetary donor in assistance of the measure, replied to requests for comment.)

Marijuana sales are not permitted in Estes, but that does not quit retailers from attempting to profit off the plant.

Thomas Mitchell

A stroll along Estes Park’s business enterprise district shows that a lot of nearby corporations are not shy about advertising Colorado’s reputation for a true Rocky Mountain higher shops stock candy, cookies and T-shirts that are green or decorated with leaf shapes, along with lots of goods that reference the state’s skunky reputation. None of the meals goods are infused with cannabis, even though.

Even if Estes Park legalizes industrial pot, possessing or consuming cannabis at Rocky Mountain National Park will nevertheless be illegal, as the park is on federal land.

Even though an escalating quantity of towns in the Denver metropolitan region have voted to enable industrial marijuana inside their borders considering that 2012, when recreational pot was legalized, smaller sized and extra secluded towns have not accepted retail weed at the very same price. Voters in Loveland, for instance, rejected marijuana dispensaries in November, maintaining the town amongst the majority of Colorado localities that nevertheless ban pot corporations.


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