A ballot measure that would have repealed legislation for the sale, cultivation and processing of recreational cannabis in Colorado’s Pueblo County was rejected by voters November 8.
If Ballot Question 200 had passed, Pueblo County’s recreational marijuana facilities and retailers would have had to close up shop within a year.
Cannabis Business Alliance executive director Mark Malone said the cannabis industry is “thankful that common sense has prevailed."
“Banning legal cannabis sales in Pueblo would have pushed the jobs and taxes it has brought into another community or worse: the black market,” Malone said in a press release.
Malone said Pueblo has seen a “significant economic boost” since cannabis legalization, accounting for 60 percent of new construction permits and $3-million a year in taxes. He added that the county has become an “agricultural powerhouse” in Colorado, supplying 30 to 40 percent of the state’s cannabis.
“Banning legal Cannabis would not have kept Pueblo residents from consuming," he said.
"They would have purchased cannabis illegally from the black market, or in counties where it is legally sold. Proponents of Pueblo Ballot Measure 200 were extremely misguided.”