Apr 10, 2014 7:30 AM by Bob Grotenhuis
MANITOU SPRINGS - El Paso County is one step closer to opening its first recreational pot shop.
The Manitou Springs Planning Commission has approved a permit for a dispensary.
Owner Bill Conkling must now state his case before city council.
Conkling already owns medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City under the name Maggies Farm.
His hope is that a recreational pot shop along highway 24 and Manitou Avenue will attract more business to that area of town.
Conkling says his medical marijuana shops generated more than $200,000 in tax revenue last year.