Marijuana may be legal for recreational use in Colorado, but it would not be available for purchase in Douglas County, one of the most conservative counties in the state. Commercial marijuana operations have been banned in the conservative county while adults over the age of 21 can still legally possess and use marijuana in Douglas County.
Douglas County has approved a ban on commercial marijuana operations that will go into effect that makes it the first county to ban store and grow operations in the state. Despite the fact that Douglas and other counties will have no ability to stop adults 21 or older from possessing up to an ounce of the drug or using it after the passage of Amendment 64, the new legislation does give the authority to regulate marijuana business operations to counties as they want. Douglas County’s decision to ban the commercial marijuana industry would seem to well-represent a constituency that voted down the amendment with 54 percent of the vote.
The Colorado Department of Revenue is expected to have rules set for the industry by July 1st of next year, while other counties are free to pass legislation on commercial marijuana regulation between now and then.
Weld County may be the next county to ban commercial marijuana sales, according to several reports.