Springs City Council Holds Town Hall Over Sale of Recreational Marijuana

In wake of Amendment 64's passing, the city of Colorado Springs is deliberating over whether or not to allow the sale of recreational marijuana inside the city.

Community members, business owners and law enforcement agencies weighed in on the matter at a town hall meeting held by City Council Thursday night.

The council is expected to start making decisions at their regular meeting next month about whether to permit retail marijuana sales. Under the new law, local governments can choose to opt out of allowing recreational pot stores to open in the city. Greeley, Montrose and Woodland Park have all approved bans on such shops.

11 News spoke with a City Council member and a resident who both attended the event Thursday. Both said they feel the community is neutral on the debate.

"We think that's a conversation that still has to come out. Many of our members would be very happy to see the city opt out, but we have other members who would like to see it opt in," Dave Munger, president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, said.

A vote is expected July 23.