Loveland’s nine-member City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance on first reading banning marijuana retailers, commercial growers and other marijuana-related businesses within the City.

Amendment 64, approved by Colorado voters in November 2012, legalizes possession, use and limited growing of marijuana by individuals 21 and over.

The amendment allows local communities to opt out of its provisions permitting retail sale and wholesale cultivation of marijuana, manufacture of marijuana-based products and operation of marijuana testing laboratories.

The ordinance City Councilors approved applies standard misdemeanor penalties to violations of retail sale and commercial cultivation ban, including fines not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year for each day an offense is committed.