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Dolores Town Board Proposes Another Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries

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Entrepreneurs hoping to open a marijuana business in Dolores will have two more chances to weigh in on continuing the Dolores town ban on marijuana sales. An existing ordinance prohibits the commercial distribution and cultivation of both medical and recreational marijuana with the town limits. However, that ordinance is set to expire at the end of 2016, and town attorney Mike Green asked the board on Tuesday whether it wanted to extend the ordinance or to open the town to commercial sales. A few board members wanted to consider ways to lift the ban, but others said that regulating dispensaries in the town would be more complicated than simply extending the prohibition. Sheriff Steve Nowlin agreed, saying that enforcing the existing marijuana laws in the county is already difficult enough. Board member Val Truelson made a motion for another ban on marijuana sales, which passed on a 4 to 2 vote. However, The Journal reports that the ordinance will still need to go through a second reading on September 12 and then a public hearing in October before it can be finalized. 

Author's note: this story has been updated from a previous version to clarify the second reading and public hearing processes.

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