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Moratorium issued on recreational marijuana businesses

Moratorium issued on recreational marijuana businesses

PUEBLO, Colo. - The same day recreational marijuana is legalized in Colorado, Pueblo city leaders issued a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. All city council members voted in favor of the moratorium.

It's upsetting news for David Jimenez. He wants to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in Pueblo, but like many others, he'll have to wait.

"The population structure is a lot bigger in the city. It would be more profitable for us to be in the city," Jimenez said.

City council president Steve Nawrocki says he's taking a wait and see approach to implementing Amendment 64.

"I call that the prudent thing to do is be able to review and see what other communities have done," Nawrocki said.

Jimenez says recreational marijuana businesses will be more profitable in the city. He says his medical dispensary, west of Pueblo by Highway 50, is not the ideal place for bringing in customers.

"I get them from La Junta, Trinidad, Walsenburg, the county and they do say you know what this is kind of far for us," Jimenez said.

But Nawrocki insists the moratorium is needed, saying it gives the city time to establish a possible ordinance for generating money from recreational marijuana.

The moratorium will be in effect until March 31, 2014. It will not affect people's right to possess up to an ounce of marijuana if they are 21 or older.

Pueblo police say they support the moratorium, saying it also buys them time to understand how to implement Amendment 64.

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