Woodland Park council to vote on marijuana

Published: June 4, 2013, 3:28 pm, by Matt Steiner

The Woodland Park city council will take on an issue that has been all the buzz in Colorado since the November 2012 election.

Woodland Park logoWhen the council meets Thursday, it will decide whether to ban various types of marijuana-related business establishments in the Teller County town of about 8,000 people.

An ordinance that would amend Woodland Park’s municipal code and “prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities and sales, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, retail marijuana stores and marijuana membership clubs” within city limits is on the agenda for Thursday night’s 7 p.m. meeting. If approved, there would also be a ban on the sale of marijuana grown for personal use.

State voters passed Amendment 64 in November with 55 percent of voters giving their approval. In Teller County, 51.77 percent voted “yes.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper later gave the amendment his signature and made it legal to possess and sell pot in the state. It is now legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six pot plants, the amendment says.

Local municipalities were given the ability to opt out of the directives while ossession and sale of marijuana — a schedule-1 controlled substance — is still a violation of federal law.

Also on the agenda

The Woodland Park council will also discuss an application by Jay Baker, president of Teller County Waste to rezone 1.83 acres on South West Street to open a free recycling center.

The Pikes Peak Courier View reported on May 29 that Baker’s facility could be open by early July “if all goes well with the bureaucratic hoops.”

According to the Courier View article, the recycling center would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.