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
Legal in 2018
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