Montrose bans pot sales in city

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - The Colorado Constitution was amended to legalize marijuana last fall, but many local governments aren't on board.

Tuesday, Montrose City Council members put their foot down and enacted a permanent ban on the retail sale and growth of marijuana.

The ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

"The electorate didn't want Amendment 64 to pass," says Montrose city attorney Stephen Alcorn, "and we're trying to be responsive to what our citizens are wanting, and they don't want retail sale".

Amendment 64 was passed in November, allowing adults 21 and older to posses less than one ounce of recreational marijuana. Montrose residents would still be able to use marijuana, but they would not be able to buy it within city limits.

Those who violate the municipal code could face a $1,000 fine or up to one year in jail.

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