Pueblo County extends ban on new marijuana shops until at least 2019

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — One county in Colorado has renewed its moratorium on new retail marijuana businesses until 2019.

Pueblo County will not accept any license applications for new medical marijuana centers or retail marijuana stores until Jan. 1, 2019.

There is a limited exception, “permitting no more than three new retail marijuana stores, located outside the 81006 and 81007 ZIP Codes,” officials said.

The Pueblo County Board of County Commissioners also passed a moratorium on new retail marijuana cultivation facilities.

A statement released by the commissioners said the moratoriums will “allow for a continued robust regulatory system designed to protect Pueblo and surrounding communities and the continued economic benefits.”

The Board of County Commissioners passed the moratoriums by a unanimous vote Monday.