The complex process of determining who gets to cultivate, manufacture, test and sell medical and recreational marijuana in Las Animas, and where those facilities will be located, continued last week with the Citizens Committee for Marijuana presenting some initial recommendations to members of City Council at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Terry Kim, chairman of the citizens committee, reported that the State of Colorado regulates the hours of retail marijuana facilities: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday for recreational, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for medicinal.

Kim went on to report that members of the committee suggests a maximum of three licenses for recreational marijuana, three for medicinal and three for the manufacture of infusion/edibles. The number of cultivation licenses should be dependent on availability of infrastructure, the committee recommends.

Kim mentioned the group discussed the imposition of a local licensing fee in addition to the state license fees.

Each facility would need one security guard on duty at all times. Mayor Jim Collins asked whether that would be one guard per facility or per entrance and referred Kim back to the committee for further discussion.

License applicants would need to have lived in Las Animas for at least three years, Kim said. 

Manuel Sanchez and Roland Loveless, audience members during the meeting, asked about a cultivation/grow license, stating they have already purchased 80 acres at 1251 South Grand.

Another work session to continue the discussion has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.