Eight New Towns Allowing Recreational Marijuana Sales

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, a Colorado dispensary chain with a location in Littleton.
Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, a Colorado dispensary chain with a location in Littleton. Scott Lentz

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Hiking near Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista

The residents of popular tourist destination Buena Vista voted in favor of recreational marijuana businesses by 55.5 percent last November. The town just closed phase one of recreational license applications on March 8, and is expected to process and issue licenses soon, according to the local government.

Fort Lupton

Up in Weld County, Fort Lupton doesn’t yet have a clear path forward since the city voted to allow recreational marijuana businesses last year. During a town hall meeting on March 9, Fort Lupton City Council members postponed drafting any solid plans to get a schedule of applications and licensing rolling until late March.


Paonia, a municipality in Delta County, is still reviewing retail marijuana rules and regulations after voters approved dispensaries by 65 percent last year. However, the small town currently has a cap permitting one dispensary per commercial block, limiting the town to a maximum of six dispensaries. “This may change as the Board continues to work through the regulations,” says Paonia Town Administrator and Clerk Corinne Ferguson. Applications and policies are expected to be implemented by May, but an exact date is still undetermined.


Also in Delta County, Cedaredge voters permitted recreational and medical marijuana retailers by 56 percent last November. Rules and regulations were approved February 25 but will not go into effect until April 2. Plans to schedule a timeline regarding the application process will be discussed on March 18 during a town board meeting. At the moment, the town has agreed on a cap of two recreational and two medical dispensaries.


Voters in Romeo, a small town of about 400 people in Conejos County off Highway 285, approved recreational marijuana by a thin margin in November. There are currently no marijuana business licenses issued in the town, which is still setting up pot regulations.
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