Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday authorized preparation of new Land Use Code provisions that would apply to both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana establishments in unincorporated areas.

The proposed Land Use Code amendments wouldn't affect Boulder County's current requirement that — up until at least next Jan. 1 — any business seeking to grow or sell recreational marijuana either must have a county medical marijuana license or must have applied for such a license before Oct. 1, 2013.

Would-be recreational marijuana businesses that don't already have county licenses — or who aren't in the process of getting county approval for their pending medical marijuana licenses — would have to wait until Jan. 1, 2015, to apply for retail recreational licenses.

Karing Kind, which opened in February about a mile north of Boulder, is thus far the only county-licensed recreational marijuana business in unincorporated Boulder County.

The county staff has identified several issues about the current Land Use Code's definitions and how they'd apply to future recreational marijuana shops, growing operations and marijuana-infused products manufacturing locations, Debra Bristol of the Land Use Department wrote county commissioners.

The amendments that will be presented to the county Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners would identify potential site impacts that would trigger additional reviews of an application.


Buffer requirements will be reconsidered, as well as clarification of the Land Use Code's classifications for marijuana storage, testing and research facilities, and the cultivation of hemp.

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