Pueblo City Council not any closer to lifting marijuana moratorium

POSTED: 11:33 PM MDT Sep 04, 2013 
PUEBLO, Colo. -

It's been more than three months since Pueblo City Council set a moratorium on recreational marijuana shops, but council members aren't any closer to deciding whether to allow it or ban it.

"We have other things that are much more important to us right now," said Steve Nawrocki, City Council President.

In March, Pueblo City Council unanimously voted to pass a moratorium. On Tuesday night, Canon City Council also voted unanimously to issue a moratorium.

"We have to make a decision by Oct. 1 so our decision was to wait until later to make the decision," said Mayor Tony Greer.

Pueblo County Commissioners decided to allow retail pot stores. As two of the largest cities in Southern Colorado delay its decision, Pueblo County Commissioners say they're expecting more business.

"Odds are yes, people will be coming, it's likely, from around the region to Pueblo County to purchase recreational marijuana," said Pueblo County Commissioner Liane 'Buffie' McFadyen.

Nawrocki said he has not received any calls from constituents asking about recreational pot. He said those who wanted to open businesses in the city are likely doing so in the county.

The moratorium is in effect in Pueblo until March 31, 2014.