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Marijuana: 24 Colorado cities (so far) have banned recreational pot

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The idea of recreational marijuana for sale in your hometown gets closer to reality for many individuals. For others, though, it just keeps getting pushed away. Castle Pines recently passed an ordinance banning the sale of recreational pot, by a unanimous vote from its city council last week -- and it's not alone.

Two dozen communities, by our count, have taken similar actions, and each week seems to bring more. See the latest list below.

Why ban recreational sales?

According to Castle Pines Councilmember Marc Town, as quoted by ourcoloradonews.com, the city is always looking for a way to increase revenues -- but "you never want to bring in revenue that's going to negatively impact your community." He went on to say that the people he sees near dispensaries in Colorado Springs "are not Castle Pines clientele."

This comes as no surprise considering the conservative nature of the community. Castle Pines does not allow MMJ businesses and is located in the first of three counties in the state to impose a commercial ban in unincorporated locations. Several other cities in the county, including Parker, Castle Rock and Lone Tree, have similar ordinances, and Larkspur placed a moratorium on the industry until next January.

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So far, there have been 24 cities with an all-out prohibition on recreational marijuana businesses. Since most of these communities already banned MMJ stores, and the July 1 deadline is approaching for municipalities to have guidelines in place for recreational pot businesses, this is to be expected.

There are eighteen other cities that have opted for a moratorium on recreational shops. Of those communities, though, only three have established moratoriums that actually push start-up dates farther back than Amendment 64 legislation does. The others were preemptively imposed before A64 implementing legislation was signed into law.

Many ganjapreneurs may be sad to see their town's name on one of these lists. But as a new industry emerges, it's to be expected that some are going to resist.

Cities with prohibition

Greeley
Montrose
Longmont
Blanca
Broomfield
Buena Vista
Burlington
Castle Rock
Cherry Hills Village
Crawford
Crested Butte
Dacono
Del Norte
Englewood
Fairplay
Foxfield
Greenwood Village
Gunnison
Hudson
Johnstown
Limon
Parker
Superior
Thornton
Westminster
Windsor
Woodland Park
Castle Pines

Cities with moratorium

Aurora -- until May 2014
Pueblo -- until March 2014
Centennial -- until October 2014

More from our Marijuana archive: "Ask a Stoner: How do I find weed when I'm out of town?"


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130 comments
JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

The people who are saying "Not in my community" are really living in the wrong state!

veronica420
veronica420

Lafayette co also has moratorium till oct. Then trial with cannabis friendlytea shop in nov.

stevethewsimpson
stevethewsimpson

Those cities shouldn't get any of the tax dollars either then. 

BIRDFLU
BIRDFLU

WAY TO GO DENVER...MORATORIUM...WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN MORATORIUM!!!

mark_slaugh
mark_slaugh

I think cities that opt in will be love to take the revenue from these dry counties

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I've experienced 18 hour acid trips that made more sense ...

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

The guy from Castle Pines wins the douche of the year award.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Not surprising at all. Gun rights activists in Colorado are complaining that bad laws are being enacted because of hysteria induced by the media. Whether you agree or disagree with that view on gun rights, cannabis has been the victim of hysteria induced by the media, and supported by the government, for almost 100 years.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

But we voted to have it LEGALIZED !!!! 

According to all local news sources we did .....

JimTom
JimTom

Yeah, the people that actually pay the taxes that keep this state running.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@stevethewsimpson If they disallow sales of cannabis, perforce they cannot collect sales tax on cannabis.  The excise tax could fund school construction in such places.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mark_slaugh  ... What revenue?

Marijuana didn't even generate enough $$ to the DOR to cover their annual enforcement budget for regulating it.


JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

@Clayton Capra I support the right of towns to keep recreational weed stores banned (though I disagree with them), but what really bothered me was:

"He went on to say that the people he sees near dispensaries in Colorado Springs are not Castle Pines clientele.'"

I'd like to think that his response was meant in a wry manner, but either way, it bothered me. When I went for my red card in '11, the people at the doctor's were so varied. It wasn't just a bunch of hippie stoners (of which I am one, so that is not meant with malice!). Specifically I remember speaking to a couple in their 60s who had just moved from Texas in part to get MMJ. They didn't specify whether it was for ailment or enjoyment (or hey, why not both!), but either way, the idea that dispensaries only attracted a certain "type" bothered me greatly.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Clayton Capra ... says the fuckwit who Voted FOR A64 ... which gave Castle Pines and every other local government the power and authority to COMPLETELY BAN commercial marijuana operations if they so desired.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@melekalikimaka = stoner delusions of grandeur

The "wishes of the people" as reflected in their passing that impacted turd known as A64 were that EVERY CITY and COUNTY in Colorado shall have the power and authority to COMPLETELY BAN commercial marijuana operations if their City Council / County Commissioners so desire.

Were you too stupid or lazy to actually read A64 before you voted for it?



JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

@JimTom Is that a way of implying that those who support lifting the archaic bans do not pay taxes? Or am I misunderstanding?

castlerockbear
castlerockbear

@DonkeyHotay We'll see who really is a Fucktwit, when the cities who allow it have all the money...dumbass! Yet these cities still allow alcohol, right? That just makes them look more STUPID!

ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay So he turned into a douche with A64 passed?  Look at what he said dickhole.

castlerockbear
castlerockbear

@DonkeyHotay @melekalikimaka What does a DONKEY drink to make him so delusional? LMAO @ YOU! So people will buy it elsewhere and the place where they buy it will benefit....LOL Dumbass!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  You are very consistent in trashing every suggestion that people who use cannabis should stand up for their rights and engage in political organization -- why is that?

P.S.  Your stupid rhetorical question evades the point of the post to which you were supposed to be responding:  irrespective of the provisions of Article XVIII, Section 16 of our Constitution, the citizens of all these retrograde burgs can (and should) oust the idiots misgoverning them!

flipmaxted1
flipmaxted1

@bradleylove4_20 @DonkeyHotay @castlerockbear

This person is either a troll or a policeman that will be losing his job soon because he can't go around arresting smokers to easily meet his performance targets. Nobody can deny the amount of revenue this move has made and he talks about not even being able to cover the expenses for regulating. So are you trying to say that beforehand there was enough revenue from other things to cover the costs of prohibition? You're either naive, ignorant or a troll.

bradleylove4_20
bradleylove4_20

@DonkeyHotay @castlerockbear you're the clueless one stoners are some of the smartest people out there if we lived in your reality we would not be moving forward with legalization and winning do proper research or take your lie spouting mouth down the road good day sir an no i don't use proper grammar  so sue me  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@castlerockbear ... another ignorant stoner who just makes up bullshit.

No city in Colorado that allowed commercial marijuana has generated more than 1% (ONE PERCENT) in overall tax revenue collected.

Many cities -- and the state -- don't collect enough in fees and licenses to cover the costs of administration / enforcement / regulation of marijuana.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@castlerockbear ... says the ignorant fucktard who voted for A64 without even reading, much less comprehending what it proposed.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ccapra <== jackwipe voted FOR A64, then whines and complains about the provisions of A64.


castlerockbear
castlerockbear

@DonkeyHotay @castlerockbear Oh, I'm sorry you are a  Still a dumbass!...don't take it too seriously, FUCKTARD & ASSWIPE, LOL...You are the clueless one....No one cares what you think...64 proved that! dumbass! LOL


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase <== Voted to DENY and EXCLUDE 10s of THOUSANDS of ADULTS from having ANY LEGAL RECREATIONAL access to marijuana, under continued CRIMINAL PENALTIES.


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Pure BS that anyone who can use Google can see for what it is in about one minute.  It takes a peculiarly self-defeating kind of cannabis-user to imagine that you support adults' right to cannabis.  Here's a clue for the clueless:  this braying ass constantly insults people who use cannabis -- that is an indication of what he thinks of you.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay That's right -- the DOR has no business being involved in regulating medical cannabis, but they are the appropriate agency to regulate general retail sales to adults, obviously.  You are just pandering to the navel-gazers who imagine that we could have swept away all laws and regulations pertaining to cannabis.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase

"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" -- Robert Chase 


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay There's nothing remotely delusional about suggesting that your efforts, which aid the prohibitionists, are a possible indication of your avocation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase <== proven delusional liar

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@melekalikimaka

{crocodile tears on}

B'bye little Mele ... be sure to Vote for future propositions that you've neither READ, nor Comprehend ... then whine and complain about the very provisions YOU voted for.

{/ crocodile tears off}

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "people who use cannabis should stand up for their rights"

Then they would be unequivocally AGAINST Government Regulated Big $$$ Retail Dispensary Cartels and their insatiable parasitic bedfellows at the Dept. of Revenue ...

... if they weren't completely clueless fools and tools such as yourself.


ccapra
ccapra

@RobertChase @DonkeyHotay Because it's very easy to criticize.  True solutions would require a personality, something he obviously is lacking.

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