Garden Manager Rico Wallenda waters clones of medical marijuana plants that were placed into larger pots at Green Tree Medicinals growing facility in
Garden Manager Rico Wallenda waters clones of medical marijuana plants that were placed into larger pots at Green Tree Medicinals growing facility in Berthoud in September. (

Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

If You Go

What: Longmont City Council regular meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Civic Center Council Chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont

Meeting agenda and staff memos about agenda items: bit.ly/2nN08Dg

Longmont’s City Council will hold a Tuesday night public hearing on an ordinance that would regulate and limit the growing of marijuana inside homes for residents’ medical or recreational use.

Also on Tuesday, the council is to decide whether to provide Longmont water and sewer service to a commercial indoor marijuana growing facility that’s been proposed for a building on a property northeast of the St. Vrain River and 119th Street, which is outside the city’s boundaries.

The council’s consideration of the residential home-grow ordinance and the sewer and water tap agreements for the marijuana cultivation business come amid continuing uncertainty about how rigorously U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Colorado, whose laws permit the medical or recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-infused products.

The ordinance up for public hearing and final council approval on Tuesday — a measure that would generally set a six-plants-per-adult limit for growing marijuana inside a Longmont residence, up to a maximum of 30 plants if there are five or more adults living in that dwelling unit — got preliminary council OK on Feb. 28.

Longmont’s new limits would differ from a bill pending in the Legislature that would write separate home-grow caps into state law. That House Bill 17-1220, whose primary sponsors include House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, would limit home-grown marijuana to 16 plants per residential unit, although it would allow cities and counties to authorize more.

Becker’s bill, which she has said would address a problem of criminal enterprises engaging in industrial-size growing operations and selling or distributing the marijuana illegally, was approved in a…