Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13.
City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to regulate retail marijuana sales.
El Paso County has already banned retail marijuana sales in its unincorporated areas. Douglas County has done the same thing. Aurora, according to the Denver Post, is considering getting into the business – becoming the exclusive grower and seller of recreational marijuana, without worrying about regulations in the private sector. Under the proposed ordinance, the city would run 15 retail marijuana stores. It’s the only city in the state currently considering the option, the Post said.
Formerly called the informal meeting, work sessions start at 1 p.m. in City Council chambers. Apparently, the new procedure under leadership of Council President Keith King, is to start with a closed session. The meeting will open to the public around 2 p.m., according to a press release from the city.