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Manitou Springs businesses split over the sale of retail pot

Businesses in Manitou Springs are split over retail pot

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Businesses in Manitou Springs want the sale of retail pot to happen as soon as possible after the recent boom in sales of retail pot in Pueblo County.

Pueblo West's Do Drop Inn had a spike in business when Pueblo County allowed the sale of recreational marijuana.

Manitou Springs put a moratorium on retail pot until Jan. 31.

Jade Dynasty Restaurant manager Jeffrey Su wants to see the same kind of success in Manitou Springs.

"Business is slow right now. We need customers," Su said.

Su said he welcomes everybody to his restaurant whether they like pot or not.

"A customer is a customer as long as they don't mess up things," he said.

Restaurants aren't the only ones watching Pueblo County.

"We are paying attention to what these early jurisdictions are going through," Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder said.

Manitou Springs' City Council is drafting an ordinance on the sale of retail pot.

If it is approved, only two retail pot shops can be open in Manitou Springs.

Snyder said the sale of retail pot could happen by late March or early April.

"If we are going to do this, we are going to do everything we can to make it right," Snyder said.

But there are business owners who think the sale of retail pot in Manitou Springs is a bad idea.

"I think it will change the perception of Colorado immediately, that it's not family friendly," Garden of the Gods Trading Post Owner Tim Haas said.

He, along with other business owners, started a petition to put the sale of retail marijuana up for a vote in November.

Haas thinks the sale of retail pot could ruin Manitou Springs.

"We're very worried about what the effects will be. We don't have a crystal ball, but we do know it will have a negative impact," he said.

If Manitou Springs allows the sale of retail pot, there will be a 30 percent sales tax.



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