Proposal Would Buffer Churches from Pot Shops

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado Springs medical marijuana businesses are worried they'll have to close if proposed zoning rules restrict their distance to churches, synagogues and mosques in one of the state's most conservative cities.

Medical marijuana advocates are gearing for a battle over the proposed zoning rules Thursday with the Colorado Springs planning commission. The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council says the proposal to prohibit medical marijuana centers from being within 1,000 feet of religious institutions will force about 60 businesses to close.

The state passed medical marijuana rules this year allowing municipalities to regulate dispensaries, including setting zoning provisions or deciding whether to ban them.

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