Pueblo County Commissioners approved three medical marijuana licenses Wednesday.
Commissioner Sal Pace said there's an urgency among some dispensary owners to apply for medical licenses since they're needed to then apply for retail licenses. Commissioners have capped the number of retail stores for the year at ten.
"From our perspective, we're not playing favorites," Pace said. "We're not getting in the middle of which store gets to us first."
Commissioners approved medical licenses for Hashish House, Day Dreamz, and Maggie's Farm. All of the owners said they planned on applying for a retail license.
Commissioners postponed a hearing for Rich Paradiso, owner of Rose Bud Productions. Pace asked for the hearing to be laid over until Monday after Ken Bates, a pastor at Mesa Bible Church, complained about a dispensary opening up in the same shopping center as his church. If approved, the dispensary would be located at 27050 E. US Hwy. 50.
"If the license were granted, I would not begin a church in that building. We've been there for two-and-a-half years," Bates said.
After the meeting, Pace said, "I don't think it's helpful to have everyone hash it out and fight in front of the board of county commissioners so I asked them to go and visit on their own and see if they can come to a negotiated compromise."
Commissioners will reconvene Monday at 9 a.m. to vote on Paradiso's medical license. The county has approved five retail marijuana stores and nine medical dispensaries.