Retail marijuana businesses will be allowed to operate in the city of Northglenn.
City Council approved by an 8-2 vote during its Aug. 26 regular meeting to allow retail establishments. The vote came after a public hearing, in which one resident spoke against the measure.
Resident Eric Hoffman criticized council for not following after other cities that have banned retail establishments. He also criticized council members who may be against the measure but were voting on it for the purpose of tax revenue.
“You’re selling out your values, the city’s image and reputation, your residents’ quality of life and property values for money,” he said.
Ward II council members Joe Brown and Leslie Carrico cast the dissenting votes. Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne, Ward III, was absent.
“I feel in the long term that greed is going to get the best of everybody, and we’re going to tax the (heck) out of this,” Brown said. “People who want a better deal are going to go back to drug dealers anyway.”
Carrico highlighted the things she thought were positive about the city — economic development, school choice and great parks.
“I feel (allowing marijuana establishments) is a ding against the city and a black mark against it,” she said. “We have so many positive things in the city, and this is a negative.”
Mayor Joyce Downing, Ward I Councilwoman Carol Dodge and Ward IV Councilwoman Kim Snetzinger pointed out that a majority (nearly 64 percent) of Northglenn residents voted for Amendment 64, which allows the possession, use, display, purchase, transport, transfer and consumption of marijuana accessories or one ounce or less of marijuana by persons 21 or older. It is up to each municipal in the state whether to allow marijuana establishments to operate in their jurisdictions. Northglenn already allows medical marijuana businesses.
“Resoundingly, Colorado voters and Northglenn voters voted yes to allow retail and medical marijuana both and I feel we’re just following their wishes and trying to contain it the best we can,” Dodge said.
Snetzinger also pointed out that because of the restrictions, there will only be a few businesses that can operate in the city.
Some location regulations established in the ordinance include that the locations cannot be: within 200 feet of any single or multifamily residential structure; within 500 feet of a licensed child care facility; within 500 feet of any educational institution or school, college or university, either public or private; within 500 feet of any public park, public pool, or public or private recreational facility; within 1,000 feet of any halfway house or correctional facility; within 1,000 feet of any other retail marijuana business; within 1000 feet of any medical marijuana business; within 1,000 feet of any dual operation marijuana business; within any building or structure that contains a residential unit; or upon any City of Northglenn owned property.