The Silverton Board of Trustees on Monday enacted a 120-day moratorium on any new medical marijuana dispensaries
planning to open in this tiny mountain town of 550 people.
The moratorium will give town officials a chance to consider what regulations, if any, should be adopted before the
arrival of medical marijuana dispensaries. Several other municipalities across the state, including Durango, have
enacted moratoriums and set regulations.
The town has received a formal request from Silverton resident Mark Mackie to open a dispensary, said Jason Wells, town administrator.
Mackie could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
The proposed dispensary, to be called Alpine Organic Wellness Center, would have a storefront in town and possibly a
delivery service, Wells said.
The business would be run locally, but it would be part of a larger company based in Salida, Wells said.
During the moratorium, town officials will consider guidelines for dispensaries, including whether there should be a
setback from schools, what security measures should be in place and whether they can operate in residential areas.
In other action Monday, trustees retroactively reduced parking fines for those who park along snow routes, from $150
About 70 residents and visitors were issued a $150 fine last week when a series of snowstorms pounded the region.
Nineteen of the citations were voided because snowplows didn't operate that evening. Another 50 will remain active, but they will be reduced to $25.
The steep fine sparked uproar among residents, Wells said.
We're going to do our best to contact each individually cited person and advise them they can send in $25 instead of
$150," he said. If the town receives a check for $150, it will return the check to the individual and ask for $25.
The town plans to revisit existing snow routes and possibly make some changes, especially around larger hotels where
there is limited parking, Wells said.
We're inviting anyone who might have some potential problems to come to Town Hall," he said.