Ordinances restrict recreational marijuana in Monument

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If anyone should try to sell marijuana for retail purposes or openly consume it in Monument, think again.

The Monument board of trustees has passed two ordinances prohibiting both actions. Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in November legalizing the possession, sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. The amendment also allows local municipalities to prohibit the cultivation, manufacturing, testing and sale of marijuana through an ordinance.

According to the first ordinances, which was passed unanimously by the Monument board of trustees at the Jan. 7 meeting, the operation of marijuana cultivation, testing and manufacturing facilities and retail stores within the town limits are prohibited. The ordinance also states it is illegal to grow recreational marijuana unless it is in a closed, locked place.

The second ordinance, also passed unanimously, prohibits the possession of marijuana for persons under the age of 21 and prohibits those 21 and older to possess, transfer, transport or purchase marijuana, marijuana products or marijuana accessories for any reason other than personal use. It also prohibits the consumption of marijuana openly or publicly or in a manner that endangers others.

Tom Kassawara, director of development services for the town of Monument, said there are a lot of regulations that the state still has to come up with but the passing of the ordinances protect the town for now.

“Once new state regulations come out we may have to amend this to abide with those regulations. We may have to add to it, we may have to subtract from it. But for now it's good to have this on the books because we can regulate it,” Kassawara said.