Well this town has the right idea because the reality is that whether people are 420 friendly or not, people will continue to use marijuana so why not regulate like alcohol. At least some benefits to all will be had from the regulation of this very common drug. Marijuana advocates tired of waiting for Amendment 64 to be implemented are looking to pass a local ordinance in Nederland that would make it the first in Colorado to set up recreational marijuana industry before the statewide regulations goes into effect. Mayor Joe Gierlach dismisses their actions saying the people who drafted it don’t understand the planning processes and time it takes to set up regulations. A shadow task force made up of advocates monitoring the government appointed task force make their legal recommendations for the set up of recreational marijuana facilities and also brought their own ordinance to Nederland Town Clerk. Rico Colibri who is a member of this group said that the slow progress in establishing statewide regulations shows that the state isn’t ready to do what it promised which is have marijuana regulated like alcohol. “Amendment 64 was a message to D.C. — that is what they said during the campaign — and our ordinance is a message to the General Assembly,” Colibri said.
One issue driving the ordinance is a desire to get rid of black market distribution which without regulated businesses would get rid of marijuana purchases that are supporting criminals. It is now legal for adults 21 and older to purchase an ounce of marijuana to use it in their homes. Right now sophisticate drug cartels are providing the marijuana, instead of the small town being able to collect tax revenue and setting an example of what the state could do says Colibri. The ordinance would allow separate licenses for cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers making it easier to have places where production, sale and consumption could legally take place under one roof. Next on the agenda once verified, will be collect 420 signatures from Nederland voters which will demonstrate strong support and convince the Board of Trustees to adopt it without voting on it in the next election. Mayor Gierlach referred to the ordinance as premature and “until we can revise our codes in a very sensible way that makes sense for the community, who knows…I don’t think people even want Rico (Colibri ) to write our local code” since he is new to the area. He also said that the ordinance raises concerns about potential zoning issues and in response to the black market many residents grow their own which may be impacted negatively. The town has a meeting Feb. 26 where the town attorney will be updating the town on implications at the state level and local implementation task force will be seated. In addition, other meetings with the town’s advisory board wil be scheduled and sustainability criteria will be applied to any new regulation.