Town board to discuss Amendment 64 implications, concerns Monday
January 26, 2013
The Windsor Town Board on Monday will discuss for the first time a host of issues surrounding Amendment 64, virtually guaranteed to light up town hall chambers throughout the new year.
This will be the first work session devoted to the new pot measure and is expected to be an informational — potentially lengthy — talk about the direction the town will take. Town Attorney Ian McCargar is expected to outline the process happening at the state level and potentially present some ideas for Windsor's options moving forward.
No final decisions will be made at the meeting, and it is only an informational work session.
The voter-backed amendment, which legalized the recreational use, growth and sale of limited amounts of marijuana, has polarized much of the state and sent policy leaders into overdrive, racing to craft an implementation framework for the drug's retail distribution.
Their job has been anything but easy.
The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force has been charged with outlining the ground rules for how licensing, enforcement and safety, among other things, will work as retail shops race into the recently-added industry. Because of the breadth of topics, additional subcommittees have been formed.
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Tasked with exploring specifics about everything from outdoor shop signage to the eventual licensing system and even to the true meaning of the word "public," the working groups are expected to present specific guidelines in coming months to the overarching task force.
All findings will be published in the final Amendment 64 report.