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Amended and restated regulations on medical marijuana were approved at the November 15 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. The changes focused on different language for the regulations to better fit under the code for business licensing and regulations.
Other changes to the regulations made the Pueblo County Clerk the chief administrative agent rather than the Pueblo County Attorney. Verbiage was also changed to a “licensing fee” vs. the current “application fee” of $2500. The difference between the two is that a licensing fee can be refunded if an application is denied. An application fee can’t be refunded. The county anticipates 15 new outlets based on pre-application submissions.
Licensing for medical marijuana cannot be changed or transferred and is renewed every two years. The County Attorney’s office presented two alternatives. One proposal with the existing 500’ setback from any other medical licensed outlet left in place. The second removed the distance and was to be decided on a case by case basis. With Commissioner Chostner recused, a split vote with Commissioner Nunez voting “yes” and Commissioner Cordova voting “no” left the 500’ setback in place.
Viaero Wireless requested a special use permit appeal in zoning to allow them to put up a 180’ cell tower plus lightning rods on a 5.8 acre plot in an A-1 zone. The commissioners delayed action until a later meeting.
During Commissioner comments, Commissioner Nunez indicated his frustration with Black Hills Power. Nunez asked them to 'step up' and described the proposed rate change as 'terrible'. In other business the day was declared, ”America Recycles Day.”