Last November, a majority of voters in Colorado Springs passed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, by nearly 5-thousand votes. In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, a majority of Colorado Springs city council members decided to ignore that and opt out.
“The sale and distribution of marijuana remains a felony under federal criminal law and I have a hard time saying we’re going to go against that at this point in time,” said Councilman Andres Pico.
Colorado Springs is the largest city to opt out of recreational marijuana sales.
A few miles to the South, Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace welcomed the decision.
“We do expect residents in Colorado Springs who want to purchase legal recreational marijuana will drive to Pueblo County to purchase it,” Pace said.
Pueblo County has made the decision to regulate and tax recreational marijuana.
“There’s a whole host of things we need to spend it on from police services to roads and bridges,” Pace said.
Pueblo County expects tens of thousands of dollars extra in tax revenue every month due to recreational sales.
Voters could still put an initiative on the ballot in 2014 to try and get recreational sales into Colorado Springs.