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Ignacio voters expected to decide whether to allow marijuana sales in town

Board members working on ballot language for April municipal election
The town of Ignacio is expected to put a ballot question to voters asking residents if they want to approve marijuana dispensaries within town limits. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

The town of Ignacio may soon have medical or recreational dispensaries selling marijuana inside town limits.

Or it might not.

The issue is set to go before town voters during the April municipal election.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Ignacio Town Board, trustees discussed what kind of questions they want to put on the ballot for voters to decide.

The consensus is leaning toward asking town residents about recreational and medical marijuana sales, but not allowing cultivation and refinement of marijuana products in town limits.

Mayor Pro Tem Alison deKay has previously said she is opposed to marijuana sales in town.

“I have more of a hangup with cultivation and manufacture,” she said, noting the chemicals and odors in a small town like Ignacio could be annoying for neighbors of industrial facilities.

The odor when driving past large growing operations in Denver is “terrible,” added Trustee Dixie Melton.

“We don’t have the acres for cultivation,” Trustee Tom Atencio said in agreement, noting that Ignacio is a relatively small town bordering the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Town staff members will research and write ballot questions relating to sales, along with how those sales will be taxed, to present to the town board at its Feb. 14 meeting, said Mark Garcia, interim town manager.

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