County to take up recreational marijuana ban



At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners will take up two proposals relating to Amendment 64, the legalization of marijuana for recreational use as approved by statewide voters in November.

Amendment 64 El Paso County
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  • Commissioners want to ban commercial and retail cannabis operations.

The commission wants to ban marijuana possession, display and use from county property in a resolution that finds such a ban is in the "best interest of the public safety, health and welfare."

A related ordinance also up for consideration on Tuesday goes further, banning the cultivation and sale of marijuana in the unincorporated portion of the county, arguing that:

The Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County (“Board”) finds that the licensing and operation of marijuana establishments provided for in Amendment 64, by making marijuana more readily available in the community and facilitating the recreational use of marijuana, presents a threat to the health and education of El Paso County’s children, to the safety of the workplace and the travelling public and to the public health, safety and welfare as a whole.

Under provisions of the ordinance, the ban would become effective Feb. 15, after duly required votes and publications.

Colorado Springs City Council members have expressed a desire to enact similar bans.

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