Recreational Marijuana Businesses
Recreational marijuana businesses are not allowed within the Town of Erie.
Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado Constitution authorizes local governments such as the Town of Erie, to prohibit the operation of marijuana facilities including: marijuana cultivation facilities; marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and retail marijuana stores through the enactment of an ordinance.
The Town may only regulate the business establishment facet of Amendment 64. The Town may not regulate or prohibit the individual use or growing as allowed by the Amendment.
Nothing in the ban or previous moratoriums alters or affects the rights of an individual 21 years of age or older to use, possess and grow a limited amount of marijuana as guaranteed by Amendment 64.
November 10, 2015: The Board of Trustees approved an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses within the Town.
October 27, 2015: The Board of Trustees considered two options regarding the regulation of recreational marijuana businesses within the Town of Erie. The first option was an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses and the second an ordinance extending the existing moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses through December 31, 2016. After consideration, the Board decided to move forward with consideration of the ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses during their next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.
July 28, 2015: The Town of Erie 2015 Community Survey included questions related to recreational marijuana businesses. You may view these survey results on page 9 and 10 of the Community Livability Report (PDF).
November 11, 2014: The Board approved an ordinance extending the existing moratorium until December 15, 2015. The Board sought the extension to allow time for Staff to conduct research; review best management practices for regulating the industry and to conduct a survey of Erie residents.
May 13, 2014: The Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved Ordinance 19-2014, an ordinance that addressed the Town's interest in local control and authority with regards to recreational marijuana cultivation. The ordinance revised specific provisions of the Erie Municipal Code related to the cultivation, processing and possession of recreational marijuana. Pursuant to the ordinance, the maximum number of recreational marijuana plants a person may cultivate, process or possess in a residential zoned district is six (6) plants. The maximum number of marijuana plants any two or more persons may cultivate, process or possess in any area zoned other than residential, is twelve (12) plants.
August of 2013: The Board extended the moratorium through December 31, 2014.
January of 2013: The Board approved an ordinance imposing a moratorium on recreational marijuana business. The moratorium extended through October 1, 2013.