Council passes two marijuana ordinances

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Arvada City Council passed two ordinances July 1 regarding the use and sale of marijuana in the city of Arvada.

The first ordinance changed the city code in regards to the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 and older in conjunction with the passage of Amendment 64 last November.

The ordinance revises the city code to allow the possession of one ounce of marijuana, marijuana accessories and marijuana products by residents 21 years old and older, conforming to the state statues set by constitutional Amendment 64, City Attorney Chris Daly explained during the council meeting.

The revisions also make it illegal to consume marijuana in public and to have an open marijuana container in a motor vehicle. It also prohibits the display or transfer of marijuana, marijuana accessories and marijuana products on city-owned property.

Council passed the ordinance 7-0 with no discussion.

“I think we need to recognize, because of the passage of Amendment 64, we don’t have any choice but to address the situation,” said Mayor Marc Williams.

“I know there are people in Arvada that would like to see a ban on marijuana, but we cannot do that because of the constitutional amendment. We cannot ban the use of marijuana within our community, but we can set forth reasonable regulations and ordinances that address that.”

Council also passed an ordinance extending the moratorium on marijuana establishments.

The ordinance extends the moratorium preventing the creation of marijuana establishments, private marijuana clubs and similar businesses through March 31, 2014.

The extension allows the city to assess the Department of Revenue’s regulations and monitor the early application of the regulations.

The ordinance also deletes obsolete provisions that “grandfathered” medical marijuana establishments in to the city; the establishment of both medical and recreational marijuana shops and lounges remain illegal in Arvada.

City Council passed the ordinance extending the moratorium 7-0 with no discussion.

Two residents expressed their support of the moratorium as well.

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