City bans are the next frontier in Colorado marijuana debate
June 11, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s pot debate is headed to the cities.
Less than a week after a new law cleared the way for Colorado cities to ban marijuana dispensaries if they wish, some are already moving to ban pot shops.
One of the biggest battles is brewing in Colorado Springs, where city officials were expected Friday to sign off on a petition drive seeking to shutter more than 100 dispensaries located there.
And a ban is already headed to ballots in Aurora, Colorado’s third-largest city. Aurora has had a moratorium banning dispensaries so far, but the vote could make the ban permanent.
Gov. Bill Ritter approved a law Monday to allow cities to ban dispensaries. Marijuana advocates say city bans will face lawsuits.