In late 2016, members of a pro-marijuana movement in Colorado announced their plans to open a "National Marijuana Museum" in Pueblo. But about one year later, it appears those plans are on hold, and will most likely need to re-locate.
Jim Parco, a spokesperson for a pro-marijuana campaign and cannabis business owner in Pueblo, told the Colorado Springs Independent that plans for the National Marijuana Museum have fallen through. When Parco announced the plans last year, he said there was significant interest from a handful of volunteers. But ultimately a lack of interest from politicians and local businesses meant the project never really got through the brainstorming phase.
“Everyone liked the idea,” Parco said. But, “no one would sign on to help develop, build or promote it.”
The announcement originally came after a voters in the city and county of Pueblo voted down a ballot initiative to roll back marijuana sales. Parco and his campaign used the success of that vote to try and push Pueblo as the "Napa Valley of Weed," and believed the museum would help establish that reputation. But it seems Pueblo is perfectly happy with its current marijuana industry, and didn't believe in the museum idea.
“I think we are going to pull the plug on the idea," said Parco. "We can’t get traction from local politicians or businesses, which is really what this was designed to help, so I’m no longer pushing this idea further and am guessing that no one else is either.”
Parco also said that while Pueblo isn't buying into the idea, he's sure someone will build a marijuana museum elsewhere either in Colorado or in another state that will become a major tourist destination, and the city will regret its decision.