Monday starts the option for Manitou Springs marijuana stores to stay open two hours later.
Manitou Springs City Council approved the city’s two marijuana stores to be in alignment with state regulations, allowing them to be open until midnight. Municipalities have the option to have tighter rules, which is why up until Monday, Manitou Springs’ stores closed at 10 p.m.
It was a close decision, with four council members voting for it, and three against. The mayor says there have been fairly equal amounts of support and opposition for the change.
“It’s not popular with every resident,” said Manitou Springs Mayor John Graham. “We do have people that come to the stores and then they sort of get lost on their way back to Colorado Springs. Some of them find their way into neighborhoods, and that’s some of the discontent among people.”