Commercial marijuana operations banned in unincorporated Mesa County

By: Zach Berridge Email
By: Zach Berridge Email

Monday morning, the Mesa County Commissioners held a public meeting in regards to Ordinance 11, which would ban commercial marijuana operation in unincorporated Mesa County.
After hearing public comment for about an hour, the Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to pass the ordinance.
This may be a precursor to what is about to happen in much of Mesa County, as several municipalities, or incorporated areas, have been in talks about doing the same thing.
Steve Acquafresca, Chair of Monday's meeting, said his biggest concern about allowing marijuana operations locally is the impact it would have on kids.
"When you have commercial retail outlets in the community," Acquafresca said, "there's going to be that much more product out on the street. Young people under the age of 21 don't have the judgment to make personal decisions regarding this very potent product."
Municipalities, such as Grand Junction, have talked about following suit already.
Colorado Spring adopted a similar ordinance a couple weeks ago, and there are more than 20 cities across Colorado who have done the same.


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