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FOUR CORNERS FREE PRESS OCTOBER 2018

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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