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Durango puts nonmedical pot sales on hold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Emphasizing they have nothing against recreational marijuana use, Durango city councilors on Tuesday voted 5-0 to enact a moratorium on business licenses for the sale of nonmedical pot through June 30, 2014, The Durango Herald reported.

“This is only a delay, that’s all it is,” Councilor Dean Brookie said. “We’re not kicking the can down the road. We’re just doing business.”

Colorado’s Amendment 64, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state, got majority support in Durango, The Herald said.

But councilors on Tuesday emphasized they were not out to ban recreational marijuana but to give city staff time to coordinate local regulations with new state laws, the paper reported.

Among the issues to be resolved are licensing for retail and social clubs, the location of those businesses, sales taxes and advertising, The Herald said. Local ordinances will be subject to public hearings when they are drafted and presented to the council some time in the spring of 2014.