Recreational marijuana sales meet resistance across Colorado

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DENVER – Despite voter approval last fall, the passage of Amendment 64 will not result in statewide sales of recreational marijuana, as numerous cities and counties have banned or placed moratoriums on the establishment of retail outlets.

Just this week, Colorado Springs voted 5-4 to ban marijuana retail stores, grow operations and cannabis–infused production facilities.

Officials in Colorado Springs expressed concerns about the impact retail marijuana stores may have on existing businesses and the possibility of the military removing troops stationed at Fort Carson.

Those opposed to the ban say they’re disappointed about the loss of $3 million or more in potential tax revenue.

Other cities to pass bans include: Thornton, Westminster, Centennial and Greeley. In total, elected officials in at least 56 Colorado cities and counties have passed bans.

Moratoriums passed in at least 24 cities and counties, which will prohibit retail operations to open at the start of the year.

These areas are still considering the ramifications of allowing marijuana to be sold legally to adults.

For example, Lakewood has a moratorium which expires on January 1, 2014. Arvada and Pueblo have moratoriums which expire on March 31, 2014. Aurora passed a moratorium which ends on May 4, 2014.

In addition to Denver, other cities which should be on board for retail sales starting in January include: Breckenridge, Telluride and Steamboat Springs.

Although a majority of Colorado voters supported Amendment 64, the legislation does allow the flexibility for local governments to ban retail stores.

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