Studio A64 volunteer worker Janine Choung smokes a joint with a customer, left, at the Colorado Springs members-only cannabis social club in August 2014. (Andy Cross, Denver Post file)

Colorado Springs banning pot clubs; council votes for 8-year phase-out

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs City Council enacted a ban on cannabis consumption clubs Tuesday night, after 70 people waited up to six hours to testify in support of the clubs.

The vote was 6-3, with council members Helen Collins, Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray dissenting.

Councilman Tom Strand amended the original plan, which would have given existing pot clubs five years to phase out their operations. Instead, they’ll get eight years and must close by March 22, 2024.

They’ll also have to pay to be licensed through the City Clerk’s Office, as medical marijuana and liquor establishments are. The vote on those two mandates was 7-2, with only Collins and Murray in opposition.

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