Marijuana: Greeley and Montrose ban pot businesses

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Surprise, surprise: Two more non-dispensary-friendly cities across the state have enacted even additional ordinances to ban pot shops. The city councils of both Greeley and Montrose gave affirmative votes Tuesday evening on rules that would deny any future shops from entering their borders.

Greeley's ban actually involves not one but two different ordinances, along with a third taht aligns its criminal code with statutes the state set out in its legislation related to Amendment 64.

The latter decriminalizes the use and possession of cannabis in small amounts for adults over 21 and removes pot accessories from the list of illegal paraphernalia. The former deal with the sale and use of marijuana in the city. One bans cultivation, retail, manufacturing and testing facilities and the other prohibits private clubs. So any hope that the smell of skunk might take over and trample Greeley's overpowering bovine aroma is no more.

According to the Greeley Tribune, Greeley City Council members approved the ban because they believe the health and safety of their citizens, especially children, outweighs the monetary benefit of the industry.

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Montrose Mayor Judy Ann Files
The Montrose City Council enacted its ban for slightly different reasons, and the single ordinance set forth by the city only prohibits the retail sale of marijuana.

"Number one, voters in the city and county of Montrose voted sizably no on Amendment 64," Mayor Judy Anne Files says. "Second, we are sworn to the federal constitution, and the federal constitution says marijuana is still illegal."

Montrose County voters opposed Amendment 64 by a 57-43 percent margin, while Weld County supported Amendment 64 by a narrow margin, 50.2 to 49.7 percent.

Other cities in the state are placing similar bans or moratoriums on marijuana businesses until it is more clearhow the industry is going to operate.

More from our Marijuana archive: "No public input before temporary Amendment 64 rules take effect July 1."

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

There are approximately 70,000 residents of Greeley over 21 years old ... each can legally grow 3 flowering pot plants ... that's 210,000 plants that don't ever need to be regulated seed to sale, or suffer a dime in taxes.

No one needs the over-Regulated over-Taxed Greedy Big $$$ Retail Pigs and the law enforcement heat and hassle they bring to the game

John S. Schafluetzel
John S. Schafluetzel

Good luck with that. Anybody familiar with Garden City? It's a little island of a city surrounded by Greeley on all sides whose sole mission was to supply booze to Greeley residents while the town was still behind the times on that issue. I'm sure they will be more than happy to take the taxes on pot this time around as well.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Good, buying from private growers is better. Folks are going to get high. Give it up you silly t totalers.

Truth
Truth

It's pretty simple folks. Spend your money elsewhere. Don't go to Greeley or Montrose until their politicians lear what "the will of the voter" means.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

Well, of course. Montrose is full of Nazis and Greely is...well just plain Greely. Fucking imbiciles, all of them.

Jordan Ortmann
Jordan Ortmann

They better not get to share in on the tax money that will be made by Amendment 64.

Che Harness
Che Harness

Fine, the next closest city that keeps dispensaries will get their money.

johnpsi
johnpsi

Wow. PoDunk for sure


"Mayor Judy Anne Files says. "Second, we are sworn to the federal constitution, and the federal constitution says marijuana is still illegal."


What a hack! All she has proven is that she has never read the United States Constitution!  We don't have a federal constitution, and there are NO DRUGS banned in the United States Constitution. 

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

From the free market back to prohibition and the gangsters. The demand won't change and the drug cartels thank you!!!

Casey Davis
Casey Davis

apparently they don't like legal money.

Mark Bixler
Mark Bixler

If you really think about it,, Greely already has a "POT" problem. Its just not legal. lol

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Greeley likes funding it's prevalent gangs up there, please don't make them stop.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

Being college towns, they're awash in the stuff anyway.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

Not surprised at all, those are two of the sorriest towns in this otherwise great state

Aaron Fernandez
Aaron Fernandez

Greeley doesn't want its reputation for clean smelling air to be tarnished ..... lqtm

flightsimulator
flightsimulator

"Second, we are sworn to the federal constitution, and the federal constitution says marijuana is still illegal." Aaaahahahahaha...give that mayor a civics lesson. 

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

Too bad for pot smokers in Greeley and Montrose..... Wait... Never mind, I'm sure there are a lot of Black Market Vendors.... Carry on with your ban, it's probably going to be much easier getting MJ in both Greeley and Montrose....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

......... yeah baby! ... Get REGULATED, Bitches!! ... this is EXACTLY what you clueless pot punks voted for!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@John S. Schafluetzel ... Garden City ... appropriate name.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Truth "Don't go to Greeley or Montrose until their politicians lear [sic] what "the will of the voter" means"

King or Norman ?

LegalClue -- the Will of the Voters via A64 explicitly granted every City and County the power to COMPLETELY BAN commercial pot operations.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Che Harness ... only morons and losers buy from retail dispensaries.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Casey Davis 

HipTip: It ain't Legal.

hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising = member of the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Green_eyes ... they banned the Greedy Big $$ Retail Pigs ... the Private Growers / Caregivers are all still operating ... as it should be.


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