While Colorado Springs is still undecided about retail marijuana, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners seems to be set to do something immediately.
The group will vote on two marijuana-related items tomorrow at its regular meeting: a resolution that will ban the possession, consumption, use or display of marijuana on county property and the first reading of an ordinance that will prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and retail marijuana stores in unincorporated El Paso County.
Medical marijuana shops are not banned in the county. Retail sales will be permitted starting in 2014 because voters passed Amendment 64. The amendment allows adults over the age of 21 to have one ounce of marijuana and to have six plants for personal use. It requires the state to set up regulations for growth, testing and retail sales of marijuana.
If passed, El Paso County will join neighboring Douglas County in banning retail marijuana sales. Parker has also banned it, while other cities issued a moratorium until the state regulations are fully in place. However, people can still possess one ounce of marijuana and grow their own plants statewide, only retail sales are banned.
The Board of Commissioners will discuss both items after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the meeting at the Centennial Hall Auditorium, 200 S. Cascade Ave.