Pueblo County is quickly becoming a center not only for cannabis production, but for cannabis research, too.
“Pueblo County has been in the forefront for marijuana,” says Joan Armstrong, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development, which includes the division of Marijuana Licensing. “We adopted regulations when medical marijuana was first allowed in Colorado, and then realized the need for regulations. We’ve been very open with marijuana; it was the voice of the people, and we listened to the voters and what’s allowed.”
Unlike the city of Pueblo, which has medical marijuana dispensaries but no retail stores (eight are currently in the process of being licensed, however), Pueblo County allows both medical and recreational cannabis sales, as well as indoor and outdoor grows, which account for a growing portion of the county’s economic