Colorado Springs Moves To Crack Down On Pot Businesses

(Nathaniel Minor/CPR News)
A marijuana plant grows below a florescent light at the Colorado Harvest Company in Denver, Colo. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Commercial marijuana grows like Colorado Harvest Company are responsible an uptick in energy use across the city.

Colorado Springs will soon place moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries and cannabis clubs.

The City Council clamped down on the clubs that some believe sidestep regulations, the Gazette reports. Colorado Springs banned recreational sales of marijuana soon after voters legalized it in 2012.

And in a preliminary vote, the council moved to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries. That means no new businesses could open, expand or change their location until May 2016, KKTV reports.

Marijuana business owners decried the council's action. "This will shut us down," Bryon Tuck told the newspaper.

The councilor sponsoring the ordinances, Don Knight, said residents should have more of a say where marijuana business can open. The council plans to study licensing and land-use regulations.