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Work to draft retail marijuana regulations underway

Contact: Scot Hunn Senior Planner at 970-328-8624 or

With the decision on Nov. 18 by the Board of County Commissioners to define and regulate retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated Eagle County, work is now underway to create those regulations. The county’s Planning Department and Attorney’s Office are charged with drafting resolutions to allow retail marijuana sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing in certain areas of the Commercial General and Commercial Limited zone districts as a use-by-right; and creating special use permit standards for marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing in the Resource, Resource Limited and Ag Residential zone districts.

The commissioners’ conditions of approval included that retail marijuana stores not be allowed within 500 feet of high schools; that retail marijuana stores and medical marijuana dispensaries be allowed to collocate in the same space; and that the total number of retail marijuana stores within an allowable zone district be limited.

Once regulations are in place, those wishing to open a retail marijuana business within the Commercial General and Commercial Limited zone districts will be required to go through the county’s and the state’s licensing processes. 

Within the Resource, Resource Limited and Agricultural Residential zone districts, the cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana products will be considered on a case-by-case basis via a special use review. The process requires a land use application and public hearings with the applicant’s respective planning commission, as well as review by the Board of County Commissioners.

The commissioners also approved a limit on the amount of recreational marijuana that may be cultivated or produced in a residence to the amount allowed for three adults over the age of twenty-one per state statute, regardless of the number of adults in the household. In addition, county staff was directed to draft regulations defining marijuana social clubs for consideration in the future.

Applications for any type of retail marijuana business will not be accepted until regulations are finalized and adopted, which is anticipated to occur around the first of the year. For more information, visit the county’s website at