Posted: Jun 9, 2011 11:17 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2011 11:23 AM
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Pitkin County commissioners are backing off rules regulating the local growth and sale of medical marijuana because of threats from the federal government to take action against officials administering state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs.
Commissioners on Wednesday were considering an ordinance that would have added specifications for marijuana to the county code.
The draft ordinance mostly dealt with grow sites in rural areas of the county. Proposed regulations included minimum distances from neighbors and limits on the lot sizes of grow operations.
According to the Aspen Daily News, county attorney John Ely advised commissioners not to adopt the ordinance because doing so might be a crime and subject to prosecution under federal law.