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Pueblo City Council agrees to extend moratorium on pot sales

Published On: Mar 10 2014 11:50:23 PM CDT

Pueblo City Council agrees to extend moratorium on pot sales

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Pueblo City Council informally agreed to extend the city's moratorium on retail marijuana sales to Dec. 31. It was set to expire at the end of the month.

Council spent about 45 minutes during Monday's work session debating whether to allow recreational marijuana stores and grow operations in city limits. Council members informally agreed to allow grow sites and testing facilities in city limits.

Councilman Chris Nicoll proposed asking voters through a ballot initiative whether they would want a local sales tax on retail marijuana sales.  

"Amendment 64 dealt with the generalities but leaves it up to the individual cities to decide how that's gonna work," Nicoll said.

Even if the majority of people vote in favor of a local sales tax, Council didn't say if it would then support retail sales.

"I think that we are elected as leaders to make decisions and I think we need to make some serious decisions here," said Councilwoman Ami Nawrocki. 

Council President Sandy Daff said she supports allowing grow and testing facilities in the city but not retail shops. "I'm not getting a lot of calls from folks who are screaming for retail facilities," she said.

But council members Steve and Ami Nawrocki (no relation) and Ed Brown said they need to support the will of the majority. 

"I think just to say categorically that we're not gonna be involved with it, I think would be an injustice to the citizens of our community," said Steve Nawrocki.

No votes were cast during Monday's meeting since it was a work session. KRDO will let you know when a decision is final. 

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