Sat February 16, 2013

Dozens of Colorado Communities Ban Pot

Communities are making the decision - allow pot or not?

Medical marijuana neon sign at a dispensary on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley—Los Angeles, California.
Credit Laurie Avacado / Wikimedia Commons

Amendment 64, which was passed last fall legalized recreational use and possession, cultivation and distribution of limited quantities of marijuana - but some communities are using a portion of the law to get out of allowing its sale in their community.

Under Colorado law, municipalities "may prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, or retail marijuana stores through the enactment of an ordinance."

And many municipalities are taking it to heart.

Other communities like Steamboat Springs have issued temporary bans, while the Denver City Council will vote in April on whether they will opt out of licensing recreational marijuana sales.

Below is a selected list of Colorado communities that have enacted bans or moratoriums.

  • Alamosa
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Brush
  • Castle Rock
  • Centennial
  • Cripple Creek
  • Dillon
  • Erie
  • Fairplay
  • Firestone
  • Grand Junction
  • Greeley
  • Greenwood Village
  • Holly
  • Holyoke
  • Kersey
  • La Junta
  • Larkspur
  • Lone Tree
  • Montrose
  • New Castle
  • Norwood
  • Orchard City
  • Pierce
  • Rocky Ford
  • Superior
  • Thornton
  • Trinidad
  • Vail
  • Wellington
  • Windsor
  • Yampa
  • Yuma

A full list can be found here.