Castle Rock Town Council motions to approve second reading of marijuana ordinance

Tuesday night, council was presented with a new chapter that amended the Castle Rock municipal code regulating the cultivation of marijuana. This was the second reading of the proposed ordinance that was unanimously approved earlier this month, on May 5.

Castle Rock Police Chief, Jack Cauley, has spearheaded efforts that have led to a new legislation aimed at addressing concerns from local residents. As Chief Cauley went on to speak before council, he reviewed the content of the main issues involved in the new regulations.Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.36.20 PM

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.36.49 PMThe new rules took began to take shape after neighbors consistently complained about things like odor, water waste and expressed concerns for public safety. Once implemented, the ordinance hopes to find a middle ground between those legally cultivating marijuana and those adversely affected by previously unregulated growing practices.

In accordance with the actions of Chief Cauley, council seemed to mirror the sentiments behind the summary of regulations. “This is something that was extremely important to a large number of residents and based on the influx of marijuana growth in the neighborhoods,” voiced council member, Jennifer Green.

The presentation and public comment concluded with the motion carrying 7- 0.