Colorado city finally to allow rec MJ stores

In a promising sign for the recreational marijuana industry, one of Colorado’s most cannabis-resistant city governments has finally decided to allow adult-use stores.

The Pueblo City Council voted this week to award licenses for eight recreational marijuana stores and also set fees and adopted zoning rules on the industry, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

The city will begin accepting applications in January and plans to award the first licenses in March, the Chieftain reported. Stores will not be allowed within 300 feet of residences, 500 feet of substance abuse centers and 1,000 feet of schools.

The council also voted to set annual fees for retail cannabis stores at $15,000, the newspaper reported.

The decision to allow rec shops in the city of Pueblo comes more than four years after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis.

Pueblo County already allows adult-use marijuana businesses, and voters there defeated a measure in November that would have banned such companies.