GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) After great debate, the Grand Junction City Council has adopted the ordinance that will ban the retail sale, production, cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana.
The ordinance passed in a unanimous vote by the city council. Tonight was the second reading and public hearing for the proposed ordinance.
Dozens of concerned residents were at tonight's public hearing. The majority of people who spoke to the council were against the passage of the ordinance and pleaded their case to the council to vote against it.
The city attorney also gave his opinion saying under the ordinance the retail sale of marijuana would be conducted like the sale of alcohol - something he does not advise.
The chief of police also had his turn to speak, presenting statistics and research on marijuana use and he felt our youth would be directly affected by recreational pot sales.
And Diane Cox, a grandparent and former District 51 teacher, says the passing of the ordinance would be a reflection of voters wishes at the polls.
"In the past two elections, the voters of Grand Junction have soundly defeated the expansion of marijuana in Grand Junction and so they're just reflecting the wishes of the voters," said Cox.
The council did say the regulation of recreational pot sales is something they may look into again in the future, but at this time they feel adopting the ordinance is the best choice for our community.
The passing of the ordinance will not change Amendment 64 in the state's constitution regarding possession of marijuana for personal recreational use and the cultivation of marijuana plants in a private, enclosed place.
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