The El Paso County board of commissioners today gave initial approval to an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

More than a dozen people turned out to urge commissioners to reject the ban. Many said the board should wait for the state to draft regulations implementing Amendment 64, the new measure legalizing recreational marijuana use. But Commissioner Dennis Hisey says he wants to avoid lawsuits from thwarted marijuana entrepreneurs.

“We get this out there right now I don’t have to worry about uncertainty. I don’t have to worry about people investing money and then expecting to be able to use that as a reason for why we have to let them be in business.”

Commissioners approved the ban 4-1 with Commissioner Peggy Littleton voting no. She said she didn’t want to subvert the will of her constituents. The ban would not affect medical marijuana operations or bar personal marijuana use. A final vote is expected mid-January.

 

One Response to El Paso County Commissioners Give Initial Approval to Ban Pot Businesses

  1. [...] El Paso County has given initial approval to an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the [...]

News

AFP/Getty Images
May 24, 2015 | NPR · The symbolic gesture was aimed at reunifying two nations still technically at war. But an event staged in the name of peace ended up exposing some distrust that’s lasted for decades.
 

Courtesy of Greyston
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Social justice is part of the recipe at New York’s Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry’s, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.
 

AP
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests overnight Saturday as angry residents protested the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
 

Arts & Life

Emily Bogle
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Naomi Novik’s latest is a re-worked “Beauty and the Beast,” with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it “moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying.”
 

May 24, 2015 | NPR · M.G. Vassanji’s book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.
 

NPR
May 23, 2015 | NPR · It’s Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi’s new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society’s relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 23, 2015 | NPR · The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.
 

Getty Images
May 23, 2015 | NPR · A defense of the monumental, enduring, deceptively complex Swedish pop quartet, and the underlying emotion that has helped its hooks connect with fans for generations.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab