MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County is looking to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses and a resolution doing so could be adopted as early as Monday.
At its public hearing, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners is expected to vote on whether to accept a year long moratorium.
If the resolution is adopted, it will go into affect immediately.
According to county documents, the Planning Department says the moratorium is necessary to investigate the county's ability to regulate such businesses and develop and implement appropriated regulations. The moratorium will also give the state legislature time to adopt legislation which will further define the sale, distribution and cultivation of medical marijuana.
The City of Grand Junction and the Town of Palisade both adopted one year moratoriums in the fall of 2009 and in December of last year Fruita established location and zoning requirements for medical marijuana businesses.