No. Ballot questions 2A and 2B allow the City Council to create regulations for marijuana businesses, but those regulations are not in place at this time. Marijuana businesses cannot begin operating unless City Council passes regulations regarding topics including but not limited to business licenses, taxation, inspection, enforcement, and zoning.
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All marijuana businesses in the state of Colorado require licenses from both the State and the local jurisdiction. Marijuana businesses need a local license before applying for a license from the State, and Grand Junction is not currently issuing applications for licenses.
This will be determined by the City Council and it not currently known. There are many kinds of marijuana businesses, including stores, products manufacturers, and cultivators.
The official State web portal for marijuana regulations in Colorado can be accessed at https://www.colorado.gov/marijuana
Ballot questions 2A and 2B provide for the taxation of marijuana businesses and allow the City Council to promulgate regulations that would provide for marijuana business licensing. No other elements of the State or local rules for marijuana and marijuana businesses are changed. For example, the following State of Colorado laws remain in effect:
The City Council has been considering aspects of marijuana business regulations since July of 2020, including the decision to refer measures 2A and 2B to the April 2021 ballot. Once the election results certify and approval of both measures 2A and 2B, the City Council is anticipated to consider adopting detailed regulations for marijuana stores in Summer/Fall 2021. Regulations may be adopted over the course of 2021, 2022, and beyond to address various types of marijuana businesses.
Questions such as the type of marijuana businesses that may operate, where they may operate, and how many may operate are not determined by ballot measures 2A and 2B; they would be defined in further regulation as may be adopted by City Council.
License applications are not currently open for any kind of marijuana business to operate in Grand Junction.
No. If and when license applications are opened, only those materials submitted with the application would be considered in the licensing review.
You can email your City Council directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave them a recorded voice message at 970-244-1504. If your comments are related specifically to marijuana businesses, please use the “Public Comment” box on this website to reach City Council and City staff with your input.
Please see the Health Effects section of the State of Colorado’s Official State Web Portal for marijuana here.
Measures 2A and 2B allow the City Council to adopt regulations that could provide for either medical marijuana business operations or retail (recreational) marijuana businesses, or to provide for both.
No. Measures 2A and 2B affect only marijuana businesses, where products meet the THC threshold of marijuana (0.3% THC). Businesses where cannabis products do not meet that THC threshold are not affected by Measures 2A and 2B.
The City Council has not yet determined what criteria would be used to evaluate license applications.
The Grand Junction Police Department has been closely involved in all discussions regarding the introduction of retail marijuana sales in the city of Grand Junction. Not only have police personnel been part of planning and discussions within the City of Grand Junction, but we’ve also reached out to other municipalities who have recreational sales in their jurisdictions; it’s been a great opportunity to learn some best practices. One thing we plan to implement is a full time sworn officers position whose time will be dedicated to the regulation of the local ordinances. This person will work closely with licensees and employees to ensure that license requirements are adhered to. This may include things like compliance checks, background investigations, and even covert police operations to observe the business practices in action. Our citizens have made their voices heard on this issue and we will honor what our community voted for. Our role will be, first and foremost, the safety of everyone involved, as well as ensuring the successful operation of the businesses by following the guidelines set forth by our City Council.