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.



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  1. This was a morality statement intended to ignore the will of majority voters in our County that approved Amendment 64. The sad irony is that this ban does not prevent the use or home cultivation of marijuana; it simply opts out of any local control of commercial facilities to supply the demand. This means a proliferation of home operations in neighborhoods will fill the void instead; risking mold, fire, and robbery damages in unregulated homes. Good bye property values, good bye revenues, goodbye small businesses. Thanks County Commissioners for your infinite, albeit shortsighted, “wisdom”.

  2. Would it be that the Commissioners basically just made an ‘ideological’ statement of no real consequence as this ban really only applies if you are sitting in a cow pasture way out on Highway 94?

  3. Mark,

    It is interesting that Mrs. Lathen was quoted in the press that she ” – – does not buy into the statement this over-rides the will of the people.” How do you feel about this:

    The voters county-wide did approve A64 although by the slim margin of 10. But, voters in her particular district did, in fact, vote it down. Overall, for all five districts, the vote was to allow, not to ban.

    In as much as these are “County Commissioners” and not “District Commissioners” that this board did actually over-ride the vote of the people?

  4. takes a year to set up statewide regulations so this doesn’t matter anyway lol I bet homegrown will take over not expensive dispensaries. gro for a neighbour or a sick person for free and you set the weed free Happy 420

  5. Well, it is true that stoners are not energetic enough to move off the couch further than the kitchen for a new bag of Doritos!
    I voted for this amendment, not because I am even a user but because, like prohibition before, it needs to be regulated (for safety) and taxed (for revenue)! I don’t care if you use, but it should be taxed like alcohol and tobacco, and fined for “bootleggers” . We voted this in, now lets use it for something good.

  6. The new state law gave local governments the right to regulate commercial activities, does anyone not understand this. Want to change it, vote for one of your pot head buddies to run for commissioner.
    With a few exceptions for medical purposes, cannabis is nothing more than a drug, that leads to more serious addiction. Get a life…..

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