Colorado county bans commercial marijuana operations

By Samantha Kimmey
Monday, December 24, 2012 12:24 EDT
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While the state of Colorado recently voted in favor of the ballot initiative Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana, a few counties don’t want the resulting plant growing operations in their backyards, reported the Denver Post.

Douglas County, where a majority of residents voted against Amendment 64, passed a ban on commercial marijuana growing operations to take effect Dec. 27, although private citizens can still have a few plants themselves. Another county, Weld, will likely have the same ban in place in January.

“That’s a revenue source that we’re not interested in having here,” Wendy Holmes, a spokesperson for Douglas County, told the paper.

Some areas in Douglas have also decided to ban retail marijuana shops. The mayor of Parker, a town in the county, explained, “Our citizens don’t want the medical-marijuana and other dispensaries in our town” and that “Parker is a family town.”

While Amendment 64 legalizes possession, local governments can allow towns to prevent store fronts from opening in their areas.

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