COLORADO: Will Pueblo County become the Amsterdam of Colorado? That’s how one local medical marijuana operator described his hopes last week in a lengthy article in The Washington Post newspaper — an ambition that might be shared by marijuana users but one that is a worst-case scenario for local economic development officials.
“Let’s put it this way,” said Jack Rink, president of the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. “If I were a CEO looking for location to move my company, that’s not an image that would attract me.”
County Commissioner Sal Pace said that kind of reaction is missing the point. State voters chose to legalize medical and recreational marijuana and Pueblo County is the only county that is willing to license a marijuana-growing business without also requiring that it operate a local store.