Marijuana: Council's Amendment 64 Committee faces tough questions, has few answers
The most pressing of the latter might also be the most formidable: Can the committee accomplish its goals within a very tight timeline?
Councilman and committee chair Charlie Brown addressed the looming tasks at the beginning of the meeting, drawing on his experience as a member of the medical marijuana committee three years ago. "It was a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of effort, but we did it," Brown said. "And now we have to do it again."
Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell subsequently laid out the committee's deadlines before thanking the committee members for their participation and noting, "We're mainly just going to put issues on the table today to start the ball rolling, to set the table, and then, in the next couple of months, we'll come back and start picking them off, one by one ..."
Photo by Charles Trowbridge David Broadwell speaks to the committee.
The main matters pertain to the unexplored recreational-marijuana territory include funding, social impact and rules and regulations for marijuana retail outlets.
Commercial shops present the committee with perhaps one of its toughest decisions: to allow, or not allow.
"Obviously, the biggest threshold question for Denver or any other municipality or county is to reach consensus on whether we're in or we're not, or something in between, as someone alluded to earlier," Broadwell said. "But Amendment 64, certainly, embedded within it, is the idea of local option."
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