Steamboat Springs City Council gives initial approval to marijuana code changes
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs City Council is moving ahead with rule changes that would allow pot shops to stay open three hours later until 10 p.m.
The initial approval of the code change came despite some concerns raised by council members Walter Magill and Robin Crossan over the extension of the hours.
Magill noted that one marijuana business owner in town did not advocate for the change and said the current rules are more beneficial to the store’s employees.
Some council members also noted that if one pot shop changes its hours, all of them will likely follow suit.
Councilman Jason Lacy and a majority of other council members appeared not to have any concerns about the hour extensions.
Lacy said liquor stores in the city are already allowed to stay open as late as midnight, and he didn’t see why pot shops shouldn’t also be able to stay open later as well.
The council approved the first reading of the rule changes in a 5-2 vote, with Crossan and Magill voting no.
If the rules are approved on final reading Jan. 3, Steamboat would become the latest city in the state to relax some of its marijuana regulations.
The Boulder City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to allow its pot shops to stay open until 10 p.m. as well.
The Daily Camera reported the changes, which also allowed pot shops to advertise and sell merchandise that isn’t marijuana product, were the culmination of a year of work by the city’s Marijuana Advisory Panel.
Most if not all of Steamboat’s pot shops appear likely to extend their hours beyond 7 p.m. if the rules are changed.
Kensey Ayde, a manager at Golden Leaf, told Steamboat Today the dispensary sees most of its customers come through in the evening hours.
“We’ll hear knocks on the door after we close,” she said.
Kevin Fisher, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Remedies, had a different take on the prospect of longer store hours.
“I would prefer the hours to remain the same,” he said. “It’s better for our employees. But if they do change, we will change our store hours to accommodate those provisions.”
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