Douglas County commercial marijuana ban starts Thursday; Weld County ordinance passes 2nd reading

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Weld County may become the second Colorado county to ban commercial marijuana operations before businesses can set up, after Colorado voters approved the drug for recreational use.

State officials are still trying to figure out how to regulate the new industry, and shops are not expected to open until at least January 2014, but Douglas County's ban takes effect Thursday.

Weld County commissioners passed a ban Wednesday on the sale, cultivation and testing of marijuana. A final vote on that ordinance is scheduled for January.

The ban would impact only pot stores and commercial growing operations, not personal use of the drug.

The Colorado Department of Revenue is expected to have rules for the industry after July 1. The Colorado Municipal League says many other cities and counties are likely to wait until then to decide on bans.

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