Jun 17, 2014 2:08 PM by Andy Koen

Board of Water Works to vote on water for marijuana

PUEBLO - The Pueblo Board of Water Works is expected to vote on a pair of resolutions this afternoon allowing conditional use of their water by customers who wish to grow marijuana.

Both resolutions give the utility the ability to shut off the water to those customers in the future should there be any changes in federal policy that would would require such a move.

The first resolution relates directly to commercial and residential water customers in the city while the second permits the lease of up to 800 acre feet of raw water for use by marijuana businesses in the county.

These policy changes come following the release of a Temporary Policy issued by the Bureau of Reclamation last month prohibiting the use of federal contract water and water stored in federal facilities such as the Pueblo Dam from being used for the cultivation of marijuana which is still illegal under federal law.

If approved, the resolutions would ensure an available water supply for marijuana growers in the Pueblo area. Last month, Pueblo City Council enacted rules allowing for the growing, manufacturing and testing of recreational marijuana. An ordinance creating licenses for such businesses is expected to be voted on next week.

The Board of Water Works will vote on the resolutions at their regularly monthly meeting this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at 319 W. 4th Street in Pueblo.

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