Lacey Kirk fills an order for a retail marijuana customer Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo West. The store has been selling retail marijuana since Jan. 1, 2014, when it became legal in Colorado. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Reversing Pueblo marijuana laws: Group wants recreational sales shut down

Legal recreational marijuana and a low cost of living have drawn growers, sellers and users to the Pueblo area, but a group of residents hope to change that.

Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo submitted petitions last week to the county and state that, if approved, will place measures to ban commercial cultivation and sales of recreational marijuana in both the city and county of Pueblo in November.

“We’ve had this for almost 2½ years, we see what it looks like, and we don’t want it for our community,” said Charlene Graham, the group’s chairwoman.

In 2012, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado. The measure includes an opt-out provision, allowing municipalities to prohibit commercial recreational marijuana facilities within their jurisdiction. As of April, 168 of the state’s cities and towns, including Colorado Springs, prohibit the commercial sale and growth of recreational marijuana, according to Colorado Municipal League.

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