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
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Israel’s military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today’s storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.
 

AP
July 25, 2014 | NPR · The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it’s needed, officials say. It would reportedly begin Saturday morning.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy Peaches Christ
July 25, 2014 | NPR · We’ve invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called “Fuggedaboutit!”
 

Sony Pictures Classics
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Allen doesn’t rehearse, and he isn’t a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn’t direct. He says Allen was a “very involved and meticulous director” while making Magic in the Moonlight.
 

Andrea Shea for WBUR
July 25, 2014 | WBUR · At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
 

Music

Adam Kissick for NPR
July 25, 2014 | NPR · The prolific singer-songwriter showcases some of his new songs — and many others from his long and frequently glorious catalog — during a live webcast from Newport, R.I.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab