Bayfield marijuana sales will be on November ballot

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 9:59 PM
Bayfield voters will decided in November whether to allow retail marijuana sales in town limits. The ballot measure would allow up to three pot shops.

Voters in the town of Bayfield will decide in November if they want to lift the ban on selling medical and recreational marijuana within town limits.

It will be the first local vote on the ban.

Town trustees approved the final resolutions on the sales and ballot language Tuesday night.

Colorado voters approved the statewide sale of retail marijuana in 2014, and since then, a town ordinance banned its sale in Bayfield. The town of Ignacio is keeping its ban in place, and town trustees have said they have no desire to lift it or put the issue before voters.

The resolutions would allow up to three marijuana dispensaries in town, with a more thorough background check of owners than what is required by the state. Hours would be limited from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., up to seven days a week.

David Black moved to approve the resolution, which was seconded by Matthew Nyberg. The board voted 6-0 to approve the resolution. Kelly Polites recused herself because she is considering opening a marijuana dispensary.

If there are more than three applications to open dispensaries, the town will hold a lottery for applicants. There are reportedly several groups who are interested in opening marijuana businesses.