Richard Martinez weighs out medical marijuana as he packages it for sale at Blue Sky Care Connection medical marijuana dispensary in Englewood in 2012.

Why this Colorado city is considering a ban on new medical pot dispensaries

The Englewood City Council preliminarily has approved a city code amendment that would ban any new medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in the city’s borders.

The council’s initial vote came on April 20, a day widely regarded as a holiday among recreational marijuana supporters. The amendment is slated for a second and final reading May 4, according to a news release.

Englewood is home to three licensed medical marijuana shops with a fourth waiting to open pending state approval, according to city officials.

The amendment would cap the number of dispensaries in Englewood at those four. Englewood does not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The city news release cites “strong citizen opposition to previous license applications” as a reason for the measure.

Neighbors and City Councilman Rick Gillit recently criticized members of the city’s medical marijuana licensing authority for voting 3- 2 to approve a new shop on South Federal Boulevard despite 75 residents showing up in opposition at licensing hearing, according to a report from Fox 31 Denver.

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