Parker the latest to ban marijuana clubs

Chris Michlewicz
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Parker Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance that bans marijuana clubs.

The unanimous vote Feb. 4 follows council’s November approval of seven amendments to the Parker Municipal Code that banned pot shops and laid out specific ground rules for personal indoor cultivation. The town was among the first to opt out of the commercial side of Amendment 64, which passed by a 55-45 margin after a statewide vote. Personal protections afforded by the constitutional amendment allow for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults over 21.

The town defines a recreational marijuana club as a “place of assembly that allows members and their guests, and any other persons to consume marijuana or marijuana products on the premises of a nonresidential property,” the ordinance says.

Town attorney Jim Maloney described pot clubs as one of the “nuanced” potential commercial uses of Amendment 64, and pointed out that similar operations had opened in Colorado.

No one from the public commented on the ordinance, which passed on the first and final reading.

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