Steamboat Springs City Council members voted on two ordinances pertaining to local marijuana businesses last Tuesday — one law establishes a merit-based application system for new marijuana licenses and the second requires existing dispensaries, as well as any new dispensaries that might be approved in the future, to source half of their products from within the city limits.

When we read the list of nine factors the council will be considering if it decides to allow additional marijuana dispensaries to open up in town, we were a bit flabbergasted. This system seems over-complicated and somewhat subjective, and it adds a new layer of bureaucracy and, even more objectionable, politics onto a local industry that already complies with extensive state regulations.

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