CALORADO: Manitou Springs, a community with strong hippie traditions, may become the final refuge in the Pikes Peak region for proponents of Colorado’s pro-recreational marijuana movement, at least when it comes to opening up cannabis shops. However, reefer advocates shouldn’t get their hopes up too much, as where these businesses could be located may put a serious dent in the prospects of future marijuana business operators. Plus, the town has such a low business vacancy rate that not many opportunities will exist for pot entrepreneurs
But early reports and comments by Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder have indicated that Manitou is a go for signaling the green light for marijuana retail shops. “For me, it goes like this: We want to honor voters of Colorado and El Paso County and specifically Manitou Springs. My belief is we will move forward with some type of licensing,” Snyder said, in a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette. At the same time, Snyder supports strong controls on where these shops can open, and how many the town should have.