Sorry pot aficionados, but there won't be any retail marijuana stores in the town of Vail anytime soon. Earlier this week, Curbed Ski reported that the Vail Town Council was considering a permanent ban on all retail pot stores. According to the Vail Daily, on Tuesday night the Town Council voted 6-1 to give "first reading approval" of a ban on retail marijuana stores.
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The vote on Tuesday night was the first step in making the town's 2014 temporary moratorium on pot stores permanent. It will face a final-approval vote as soon as August 4.
Of course, any future Vail Town Council could overturn the permanent ban, implying that maybe it's not so permanent after all. The Vail Daily was quick to note that this November, Vail voters will elect at least two and as many as four new council members.
Although 2012's Amendment 64 legalized the recreational sale of pot, towns and counties were still allowed to impose their own bans. In the Vail Valley, retail operations were allowed in unincorporated Eagle County and the town of Eagle, but the Vail Town Council has never permitted recreational sales.
The closest place to buy recreational marijuana near Vail is in Eagle-Vail, only about a 10-minute drive away.
Vail is the only major Colorado ski town without retail marijuana stores, although other cities have limited where shops can be located. Curious about where you can get the goods? Check out our map, over here.
· Vail marijuana store ban gets first approval [Vail Daily]