Product on the shelves at Green Tree Medicinals, in Longmont on Dec. 9, 2015. (Lewis Geyer, Daily Camera)

Boulder County OKs extended hours for marijuana shops

The five licensed marijuana sales shops in unincorporated Boulder County can stay open longer at night, starting on New Year’s Day.

Boulder County commissioners on Thursday formally adopted a resolution making multiple changes to the county’s marijuana licensing regulations, including one that will allow medical and retail marijuana stores to operate from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

Under the county’s current rules, licensed pot shops must close their doors to customers at 7 p.m.

The commissioners had voted their support of the regulatory changes, including the one setting extended hours of operation, on Dec. 10, but they didn’t officially adopt the resolution detailing Boulder County’s ongoing and amended marijuana licensing rules until Thursday.

Of the county’s five licensed stores outside city and town boundaries, one is licensed only for retail sales of recreational marijuana products, two are licensed only to sell medical marijuana, and two have dual licenses allowing them to sell both medical and recreational marijuana.

The newly revised licensing rules, including the extended hours provision, will also apply to any shops getting county licenses after Jan. 1. Liz Graves, the county staffer who handles marijuana licensing, said there is one retail-sales application now pending.

Among the county commissioners’ other actions Thursday:

• A public hearing on Mountain View Fire Rescue’s application to construct a new radio tower at 6452 Somerset Drive to improve emergency communications coverage in the Niwot and Gunbarrel areas was rescheduled to 3 p.m. Jan. 19.

• A resolution was adopted to formally approve an application from the city of Longmont and the Pleasant Valley Reservoir Fish and Ditch Company for the earthwork that will be associated with modifying the Terry Lake spillways in order to increase its capacity for detaining floodwaters and releasing them more slowly.

• A contract was approved that will provide the city of Longmont with $50,000 in county funds to pay the costs of an assessment of homeless services in Longmont, including gathering data about the number of chronically homeless people in the city and any gaps or duplications in services.

Thursday’s meeting was the final regular business meeting scheduled for this year. The commissioners are to resume those business meetings, usually held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, on Jan. 5.

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