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Trustees heard a report from Ascend Cannabis owner Scott Embree, who asked them to consider bringing retail marijuana sales to Buena Vista at the board’s meeting Tuesday evening.
With two trustees absent from the meeting, the board decided to hold off on discussing Embree’s proposal until all members were present.
Mayor Duff Lacy indicated that, if the board ultimately did take action on recreational marijuana, it would likely be to put the question to voters on the November 2020 ballot.
Lacy said that the board’s discussion would take place over several meetings, beginning with an informal discussion during the unstructured trustee-staff interaction that takes place at the end of its meetings, followed by a more official meeting that would have a spot on an agenda and would allow for public comment.
Regardless of the trustees’ schedule, Embree or any other citizen in town would be able to move ahead by petitioning to have the issue placed on a ballot.
Town clerk Paula Barnett said that a petitioner would have to gather about 200 signatures, among other requirements, to submit a valid petition.
In either case, the board would also have to consider putting an additional question on the ballot regarding whether the town should levy a tax on retail marijuana sales on top of the state and county sales taxes on marijuana.
A measure that would have allowed rec pot sales was rejected by Buena Vista voters with 61 percent against (550-348) in April 2016.