City of Castle Pines to mull marijuana ban

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The City of Castle Pines is drafting an ordinance to prohibit the retail sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana within city limits.

The proposed ordinance is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission April 25 and in front of city council for public comment May 14, according to the City of Castle Pines.

Adoption of a ban would make Castle Pines the latest Douglas County municipality to draft regulations against commercial marijuana activities. The only remaining municipality in the county without a ban would be Larkspur.

Larkspur has yet to discuss the possibility of a ban, said Matt Krimmer, Larkspur town manager. Town council is awaiting completion of draft regulations from the state Legislature, he said.

“I understand they’re trying to create some legislation around it to provide guidance,” Krimmer said. “We’re kind of waiting to see what comes out of that. That’s not at the top of our list on any discussions.”

Castle Pines council members will begin discussing the item in public with the first public hearing in May, and on June 11 will host its second hearing on commercial marijuana.

City council’s timing to enact a prohibition hinged on the Feb. 28 deadline for the state implementation task force to report its recommendations to Gov. John Hickenlooper and the General Assembly, and the Oct. 1 deadline for local jurisdictions to implement regulations on commercial operations.

“City Council is proceeding with local regulation based on the recommendations of the state task force report and addressing as many of the negative consequences of Amendment 64 as possible,” according to a press release from city council.

Pivotal dates for marijuana public hearings

6 p.m., April 25 — City of Castle Pines planning commission

6 p.m., Mary 14 — City council meeting

6 p.m., June 11 — City council meeting

All hearings will be at the Castle Pines Community Center, 7404 Yorkshire Drive.