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Members of Jeffco pot task force selected

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Commissioners to vote on makeup April 15

By Ramsey Scott

The list of Jeffco residents who will serve on the county’s marijuana task force will be finalized this week. 

The county commissioners are set to approve appointments to the task force on their consent agenda during a meeting April 15.

Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, said the 10 members were selected out of 31 viable candidates. Selections were made to provide balanced views on retail marijuana sales. 

“We wanted people from the marijuana industry. We also looked at people who may have had experience with the Amendment 64 task force or are associated with a marijuana trade group,” Rossillon said. “We also wanted drug enforcement experience and somebody in the education area. We also wanted to find someone from the government and policy side and also from the general business industry.”

The task force also will include representatives from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Public Health, Planning and Zoning and the district attorney’s office, Rossillon said. 

“We’re trying to look at all sides of the issue,” she said. 

The task force is scheduled to start meeting April 28. Rossillon said the group will meet at least twice a month for about six months. 

Jeffco’s ban on retail sales and production ends in February 2015. The task force will make recommendations to the commissioners on whether that ban should be made permanent, and how the county should proceed if legal sales are recommended. 

“We were given direction by the Board of Commissioners to study retail marijuana’s impacts on business, public safety, impacts to public health and impacts on government,” Rossillon said. 

Rossillon said the task force could reach out to municipalities and counties that currently allow retail sales, like Edgewater and Pueblo County, to study impacts to public safety and health, along with how much sales tax is generated.

Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in November, legalizing possession and sale of recreational marijuana. Jeffco also prohibits sales of medicinal marijuana in the  county’s unincorporated areas.