Aug 13, 2010 8:17 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
The El Paso County commissioners have postponed a decision on whether voters should have an option to ban medical marijuana centers in unincorporated parts of the county.
The commissioners heard testimony most of Thursday from law enforcement and residents worried about the proliferation of the centers and from medical marijuana proponents who say they should be able to continue to operate. The commissioners will consider the issue again on Aug. 26 to decide whether existing businesses should be excluded from a ban. Colorado voters in 2000 approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
A new state law imposes regulations on the industry and gives communities the option of banning dispensaries.