Marijuana is on display next to budtender Matt Hart at the 3D Dispensary in Denver in December 2014. (David Zalubowski, Associated Press file)

Weed welcome: Western Colorado town lifts ban on cannabis businesses

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Recreational marijuana businesses can now set up shop in a western Colorado town that banned them in 2013.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports trustees in the town of Parachute voted 4-2 to remove their ban on recreational marijuana shops, cultivation centers, and testing or product manufacturing businesses.

Local schools will be getting a percent of the sales tax revenue.

The town didn’t set a cap on the number of shops allowed, but set business license fees at $5,000 in the first year and $2,000 for each renewal. Like other communities, trustees decided to limit zoning for these businesses to at least 500 feet from schools and 150 feet from other pot shops.

Parachute is located along Interstate 70 near two other towns that allow marijuana sales: De Beque and Silt.

Information from: The Daily Sentinel