Delta resident Christi Prettyman is circulating a petition that asks the city's voters to reconsider their stance on marijuana.
"I wanted to gauge the interest of the community, to see if residents are interested in doing what Colorado has been doing for the last five years," Prettyman said. "Marijuana sales could also bring in some sales tax."
Prettyman said she engaged an attorney to help with the wording that would open the door to retail marijuana stores, cultivation, production, manufacturing and testing facilities, with voter approval.
Prettyman has 180 days to gather a sufficient number of signatures from registered electors in the City of Delta. State statute requires signatures from 5 percent of the city's 5,362 electors, which would be 268. City charter raises the bar to 804, or 15 percent. Prettyman said she's shooting for 1,000 signatures, to be on the safe side, and hopes to have the signatures gathered sooner, rather than later, so city council can review the petition. If council denies the petition, it can be placed on the April ballot.
In April, two city council seats will also be filled, and Prettyman has already filed an affidavit for the at-large seat. She said she wants to make her stance clear from the outset. The at-large seat is currently held by Ed Sisson, who is term limited. The second seat is held by Bill Raley, who can seek re-election if he desires. Candidates for that seat must reside in District C.
At a work session earlier this month, the city attorney suggested council take a "proactive" approach to zoning and taxation for marijuana establishments, just in case voters reverse their previous position on marijuana.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.