Pueblo’s venture into the retail marijuana industry will be gradual.
“As far as Pueblo, for the short term, we’re not going to see a whole bunch of new stores. The environment isn’t going to look a whole lot different to the citizens of Pueblo,” said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who has led the county’s regulation efforts.
In the first year, just 10 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to transition to the new retail market. That could change come 2015.
“Then we’ll see what the market allows for after that, but, people are not going to see a huge influx of marijuana establishments in Pueblo. Hopefully, we’ll see a huge influx in tax revenue, though,” Pace said.
The county touts its new regulatory model and, for now, has hired one enforcement officer from within the county staff.
A planning and zoning employee with past law enforcement experience will spend half his time on marijuana enforcement.
Licensing will be handled by the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, which also will collect the county’s marijuana sales tax revenue.
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