Pot Task Force Presents Recommendations To City Council

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The Colorado Springs Marijuana Task Force presented it's recommendations to the Colorado Springs City Council on Monday during a regularly scheduled city council work session.

The task force presented a number of proposed changes to the city's rules and regulations regarding commercial medical marijuana grow and sales operations, as well as private, home-grows.

The big change to residential grows would be limiting the number of plants that can be grown in one house to 12, regardless of how many medical marijuana users live in the house. Task force members say one reason for this is to prevent overloaded electrical systems and potentially start fires.

The task force proposed stricter regulations on where commercial grow operations, medical marijuana retail shops, and marijuana infused product producers can be located, when they can operate, and when they can transport marijuana through the city.

The task force wants to create two categories for producers of marijuana infused products: hazardous and non-hazardous.
Operations considered hazardous, that use potentially explosive butane to extract hash oil, would be limited to industrial areas. Operations that are considered non-hazardous could apply for a conditional permit to be allowed in certain commercially zoned areas.

The task force was supposed to present it's final recommendations to City Council on Monday. but there were still a number of issues that both the task force and the council felt needed to be looked into and more clearly defined. Council President Merv Bennett asked the task force to continue meeting and present further recommendations to the council before the scheduled vote on the new regulations in April.

The Colorado Springs Marijuana Task Force will present it's recommendations to the Colorado Springs City Council on Monday.

The task force was created to: "Review, study, develop, evaluate, and review laws and regulations pertaining to marijuana businesses, including but not limited to location and licensing criteria, fees, advertising, and other time, place, manner, and number regulations." according to the city's website.

Over the last few months the task force has held regular meetings to develop suggested changes to city ordinances that would most largely impact grow operations and marijuana infused product manufacturing facilities.

For the most part the suggested changes would impact the city's medical marijuana facilities, but there would also be restrictions on how many plants private citizens could grow in their homes.

Among other things, the task force recommends a restriction of 12 plants per home, no matter what. Right now people are allowed to grow six plants per person, but people can also grow in their home for others as a "caregiver".

John Harding/Marijuana Task Force member: "Right now, someone could put dozens or hundreds of plants in a house next door to you. We're trying to limit that to twelve."

The task force is recommending changes to zoning restrictions for commercial grow operations and medical marijuana dispensaries.

The presentation will happen at the regularly scheduled city council work session on Monday, March 21st, at 1:00 p.m. in council chambers.

For more information, and the slideshow with detailed recommendations from the task force to the council you can go to the city's website: https://coloradosprings.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2627400&GUID=8FC8D790-7177-4173-8A30-F671763EB33C&Options