The Boulder County Land Use Code first recognized recreational marijuana establishments in a 2014 update to the code. In 2016, additional updates were made to address the cultivation and processing of marijuana as a Residential Accessory Use.
Marijuana cultivation, processing, sales, testing, and storage are currently listed under a single use: “Marijuana Establishment,” which is classified as a Retail/Personal Service Use. The Code allows this type of use to occur on parcels zoned Transitional, Business Commercial, Light Industrial, and General Industrial. Due to updates made to the State of Colorado’s statutes, staff plans to update the Code to align with these changes and to reflect the evolution of the marijuana industry in the state and in the county. Staff’s objective is to clarify Code language regarding marijuana establishment uses in zoning districts where they are permitted while balancing the needs of the community, neighbors, and the goals and policies within the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.
On January 28, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to pursue text amendments to Articles 4 (Zoning) and 18 (Definitions) of the Land Use Code and to make any other revisions necessary to integrate changes related to marijuana establishments.