Containers of marijuana are seen, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at New Age Wellness in unincorporated Boulder County. (Matthew Jonas, Longmont Times-Call)

Boulder County pot shops could get extended hours; hearing Thursday

Boulder County commissioners will consider changing shop hours and other marijuana regulations in public hearing Thursday morning

BOULDER — Boulder County-licensed pot shops would be able to stay open three more hours each night under a regulation change to be considered by the county commissioners on Thursday.

Current rules specify that businesses selling recreational or medical marijuana in unincorporated parts of Boulder County can do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Several marijuana businesses have asked for authorization to be open later, according to the county licensing staff, which will recommend that the commissioners allow medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores to be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Those businesses would have to be closed to the public, though, and no sale or other distribution of marijuana, including deliveries, would be permitted between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

That’s one of several marijuana licensing regulation revisions the licensing staff has recommended, changes that will be the subject of a late-Thursday-morning public hearing by the Board of County Commissioners.

Up for a separate hearing in the afternoon is the Parks and Open Space Department’s plan for flood-recovery repairs and other work at the Pella Ponds Open Space area west of Longmont.

The project will repair some of the extensive damages caused by the September 2013 flood, including reconstruction of restrooms, a trailhead and 3.6 miles of trail around Pella’s five county-owned ponds, as well as restoration of those ponds.

The board also is scheduled to formally adopt an overall $426.6 million county budget for 2016, as well as separate budgets for the Boulder County Housing Authority and the Nederland Eco-Pass Public Improvement District.

Public hearings on those proposed budgets were held earlier and there won’t be additional budget hearings on Thursday.

If You Go: Boulder County commissioners meeting

What: The Boulder County Board of Commissioners has several public meetings set for Thursday, including:

10:30 a.m.: Commissioners’ regular Thursday business meeting. The agenda includes adoption of a 2016 budget for the Boulder County Housing Authority. Doesn’t include a public hearing

11 a.m.: Adoption of a 2016 budget for the Nederland Eco-Pass Public Improvement District, a property tax-supported special district that provides free Regional Transportation District passes for Nederland-area residents. Doesn’t include a public hearing

11:10 a.m.: Adoption of a 2016 Boulder County budget and setting the county’s property-tax mill levy to provide part of the revenues for funding next year’s budget. Doesn’t include a public hearing

11:30 a.m.: Public hearing and commissioners’ action on proposed updates and revisions to the county’s marijuana licensing regulations.

12:30 p.m.: Public hearing and possible commissioners’ decision on an application for permission for earthwork to create two flat areas and help resource site drainage issues on a property at 517 Lost Angel Road.

2 p.m.: Public hearing and commissioners’ action on the Parks and Open Space Department’s plans for earthwork, a restroom facility, trail repairs and pond repairs at the flood-damaged Pella Ponds Open Space area east and west of North 75th Street, south of Hygiene Road.

3 p.m.: Public hearing and possible commissioners’ decision on an earthwork moving application for a driveway construction and a site plan for a residence and future art studio and detached music studio at 2026 Fourmile Canyon Drive.

Where: All the meetings will be in the commissioners’ third-floor Boulder County Courthouse hearing room, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder.

Info: Thursday’s meetings agenda, and staff memos and attachments for several of those meetings, is available at Boulder County’s web page. People can also visit that site to watch the meetings when they’re underway.

This story was first published on DailyCamera.com