BRIGHTON — Brighton will continue to prohibit retail marijuana stores after city officials Thursday canceled a public hearing for a proposed ordinance that would have approved them.
Brighton officials Thursday night scrapped a hearing on a proposed ordinance to allow some marijuana business in the city, removing discussion from their agenda. The move followed Tuesday’s rejection by voters of a proposal that would have allowed a minimum of two adult-use recreational marijuana stores in the city.
The petition-led initiative failed Tuesday with 2,546 (57.76%) people voting no and 1,862 (42.24%) voting yes.
The Brighton City Council in October scheduled a hearing on a city-initiated ordinance that would allow marijuana stores, but limit them to two sites, in response to the proposal being put on the ballot.
City council also moved its Nov. 3 meeting to Thursday to conduct the public hearing after the election so council members could be aware of the proposal vote results before making decisions.
The city’s attorney and staff had created a draft for a city zoning ordinance amendment, which the city could use to regulate marijuana businesses, whether the proposal passed or not.
Council member Paul Gipson made a motion to take the hearing off the agenda and also cancel a closed-session meeting between city officials and attorneys. The motion passed, with council member Jon Emaus voting to keep the public hearings on the agenda.
What the city had proposed
The city’s draft would have…