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Morrison officials want to offer up a one-acre parcel it owns next to the wastewater treatment plant for a retail marijuana store.
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Trustees discussed at their Sept. 6 meeting that having a shop on town-owned property would allow the town to have more control over the building and the way the business operated. Trustees directed the town manager and town attorney to work on a request for quotes from potential business owners.
“I can’t imagine a better way to control a marijuana business in the town,” Trustee Paul Sutton said. “It’s not a massive change, doesn’t change the size of the town, and it’s a revenue stream.”
Trustees agreed that if they want to go this route, they need to do it as soon as possible. Jefferson County is putting a measure on the November ballot asking voters whether retail marijuana stores should be allowed in unincorporated parts of the county, and if it passes, other sites near Morrison could become marijuana shops.
“If we don’t get up and moving now, there is no advantage to having this shop,” Trustee Adam Way said. “We need a fast, expedited way to get this done. No matter how you look at it, the sooner the better.”
The quest to find a marijuana business for the town’s land comes after the town so far has received no applications for the one marijuana business license it will allow on the east end of town. Officials had expected to get several applications and had created a lottery system to decide who would get the business license.
As the town creates a request-for-quotes system for its property, it would also suspend the lottery system and only allow a marijuana shop on its property.
Morrison voters in April approved allowing one retail marijuana store east of the Dakota Hogback Formation, as well as a retail marijuana tax of 6.25%, not to exceed 11.25%. Officials see the taxes as another revenue stream for the town.
The one marijuana shop would near C-470, keeping it away from the downtown area, Red Rocks Elementary School and residents. Town officials believe putting it there helps with the town's slogan "Keep Morrison Morrison."
Trustee Katie Gill said she would be in favor of allowing a marijuana shop on town property as long as stipulations were put into place such as prohibiting customers from driving through the Red Rocks Ranch residential development to get to the shop, providing screening between the shop and the nearby homes, and putting height restrictions on the building.
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