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Douglas County approves ban on commercial marijuana operations

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Marijuana may be legal for recreational use in Colorado, but it won’t be available for purchase in Douglas County.

One of the state’s most conservative counties has approved a ban on commercial marijuana operations that will go into effect Thursday. According to the Associated Press, it makes the county the first to ban store and grow operations in the state.

Though Douglas and other counties will have no ability to stop adults 21 or older from possessing up to an ounce of the drug or using it after the passage of Amendment 64, the new legislation does indeed give counties the authority to regulate marijuana business operations however they please.

The decision from Douglas County to ban the commercial marijuana industry would seem to well-represent a constituency that voted down the amendment with 54 percent of the vote.

While other counties are free to pass legislation on commercial marijuana regulation between now and then, the The Colorado Department of Revenue is expected to have rules set for the industry by July 1 of next year.

Weld County, which has vowed it will continue to prosecute those using and possessing marijuana until the state law officially changes, may be the next county to ban commercial marijuana sales, according to several reports.