Permanent Ban on Retail Pot Considered by Vail Town Council
Weed aficionados hoping to spark up a legal pot business in Vail, Colorado may want to look elsewhere. Vail’s Town Council is currently one vote away from passing an ordinance to permanently ban marijuana retail sales in the resort town. Stemming from an existing temporary ban, there are no retail weed shops currently within city limits, and Mayor Andrew Daly believes the people of Vail would like to keep it that way.
"Our guests are typically older and we have found a vast majority of those people do not want pot being sold here," said Daly in recent report by CBS Denver. "If people want to buy weed, they can still drive a few miles down the road to Eagle-Vail and buy it there, just not in our town," he continued.
While Breckenridge has banned pot shops from doing business on their Main Street, Vail would become the first resort town to fully ban these sales in Colorado.
"I'm not surprised Vail seeks to continue the ban on this, commented Jess Deal, a long-time Vail local, who smokes pot and snowboards. "They never allowed medical shops within city limits, so the expectation that they would allow retail shops was never really present amongst the locals. It really isn't a big deal to cruise to Eagle-Vail or Minturn, who have embraced and prospered from allowing these businesses to reside within their limits, as they are only few miles away. It actually works out better for these towns, as their tourism is much less than Vail’s,” she continued.
Vail's permanent ban is categorized under Ordinance No. 10 and is scheduled for public hearing on August 4th.
All of this buzz about pot sales in resort towns takes us back to the offending Inside Edition report which incited the demolition of the famed Leo's Smoke Shack in Breckenridge, Colorado. Check out the video below and click here to read why this smoke shack was actually blown up.
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