How Many Towns In Colorado Allow Marijuana Sales

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Colorado has no shortage of recreational marijuana dispensaries, with nearly 510 licenses issued for such businesses as of January 2018, according to the Marijuana Enforcement Division. That number has risen by over 350 in the four years since recreational sales began on January 1, 2014 – but the state hasn’t shared the wealth equally.

Amendment 64, the initiative that legalized retail marijuana, allows cities to decide whether to ban or allow marijuana businesses, and if so, which type of businesses. As of January 29, 70 towns and cities in Colorado had approved retail marijuana sales within their jurisdictions, according to a combination of MED and Westword listings data, compared to 25 in January 2014.

Just because a municipality in Colorado has allowed sales doesn’t mean a dispensary is up and running there, however. Towns such as Ophir and Rocky Ford have opened the door for retail dispensaries to apply for licensing, but consumers can’t purchase commercial marijuana there yet.

Want to see if your town was/is allowing weed sales? Check these list comparing legal municipalities in January 2014 and January 2018. (Note: This list does not include counties, which are also allowed to ban/approve marijuana businesses.)

Legal in 2014

Alma

Aspen

Bailey

Black Hawk

Breckenridge

Carbondale

Central City

Crested Butte

Denver

Dumont

Empire

Edgewater

Fort Collins

Frisco

Garden City

Georgetown

Idaho Springs

Leadville

Nederland

Northglenn

Ridgway

Silverthorne

Steamboat Springs

Telluride

Wheat Ridge

Legal in 2018

Alma

Antonito

Aspen

Aurora

Basalt

Boulder

Carbondale

Commerce City

Cortez

Crested Butte

Crestone

Debeque

Denver

Dillon

Dinosaur

Durango

Eagle

Edgewater

Empire

Englewood

Federal Heights

Fort Collins

Fraser

Frisco

Garden City

Georgetown

Glendale

Glenwood Springs

Gunnison

Hayden

Idaho Springs

La Veta

Leadville

Log Lane Village

Longmont

Louisville

Lyons

Mancos

Manitou Springs

Milliken

Montezuma

Mountain View

Nederland

Northglenn

Nunn

Oak Creek

Ophir

Pagosa Springs

Palisade

Palmer Lake

Parachute

Pueblo

Red Cliff

Ridgway

Rifle

Rocky Ford

Salida

San Luis

Sedgwick

Sheridan

Silt

Silver Plume

Silverthorne

Silverton

Steamboat Springs

Telluride

Thornton

Trinidad

Walsenburg

Wheat Ridge

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