In this month’s issue:
Time to press ‘pause’ on pot?
The Cortez City Council is hearing calls for a moratorium on new retail marijuana outlets
By Gail Binkly
Does Cortez have too many retail marijuana outlets? Should it allow any more in the future? Is the presence of legalized marijuana causing an increase in crime and homelessness?
The Cortez City Council pondered those questions during a spirited discussion at its workshop on Sept. 25, but came to no conclusions.
The discussion had apparently been prompted by comments the council heard during a public hearing on Sept. 11.
That hearing concerned a proposal by NuVue Pharma, LLC, of Pueblo, Colo. for a retail marijuana outlet in the 500 block of Patton Street on the eastern outskirts of the city. But some of the people who spoke voiced concerns not so much about that particular proposal, but about retail marijuana stores in general and the ways they believe they are changing the community.
A dozen citizens – not all of them city residents – spoke at the hearing against the prospect of yet another pot shop in town in addition to the five that already exist.
Other than the applicants themselves, just one person – the realtor who was involved in the transaction – spoke in favor of the new license.
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* K&C Trading Post, 161 E. Main
* Books, 124 Pinon
* Burger Boy Drive In, 400 E. Main
* Cliffrose, 27885 Highway 160
* Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main
* Cortez Public Library
* Cortez Recreation Center, 425 Roger Smith Ave.
* Cortez Livestock Auction, 12129 Highway 491
* Cortez Municipal Airport
* El Grande Café, 28 E. Main
* IFA, 10501 Highway 491
* Johnson Building, 925 S. Broadway
* Kokopelli Bike & Board, 30 W. Main
* Once Upon a Sandwich, 1 W. Main
* Pippo’s Cafe, 100 W. Main
* Post Office, 35 S. Beech
* Southwest Memorial Hospital
* Shear Shack Salon, 37 E. Main
* Silver Bean, 410 W. Main
* Sinclair Gas Station
* Spruce Tree Coffeehouse, 330 E. Main
* In front of Subway, 1835 E. Main
* The Farm Bistro, 18 E. Main
* Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad Ave.
* Dolores River Brewery, 100 South 4th
* Ponderosa Restaurant, 108 South 8th
* Dove Creek Superette, 445 Hwy. 491
* Bread, 42 County Road 250
* Magpie Newsstand Cafe, 707 Main Ave.
* In front of El Rancho, 900 Block Main Ave.
* In front of Francisco’s, 619 Main Ave.
* In front of Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave.
* San Juan Regional Medical Center
* Absolute Bakery, 110 S. Main
* Fahrenheit Roasters, 201 W. Grand
* P&D Grocery, 280 E. Frontage Road
*San Juan Pharmacy
*Four Corners Inn
* Northern Navajo Medical Center
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