Unincorporated areas of El Paso County are off-limits to recreational marijuana businesses, infused-product manufacturing and commercial grow facilities after the board of commissioners approved a ban earlier yesterday.
Although the November passage of Amendment 64 allowed such businesses to exist, the amendment gives local governments the authority to regulate commercial activities related to the recreational use of marijuana. Two other counties, Weld and Douglas, have also banned recreational marijuana businesses.
The ban does not apply to cities within the county’s borders – Fountain, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Monument, Palmer Lake, Green Mountain Falls and Ramah will have to create their own regulatory structures.
Medical marijuana facilities are not part of the new county ordinance and are not affected by the decision.