Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pot-shop limit is an option in Manitou Springs

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder.

Yesterday, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach called recreational marijuana a "public safety issue," and indicated that he's likely to advocate for a ban on pot shops in his city. Bach added that he'd had discussions with Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder regarding a possible ban in the more liberal tourist town.

Intrigued, we followed up with Snyder. And in a voicemail to the Indy, Snyder says while he's not looking at a ban, he is looking at something.

"Basically, I don’t think a ban is really an option out here in Manitou: We had some pretty high numbers in support of every marijuana measure that’s been on the ballot in the last few years," Snyder says. "However, I have expressed concern that I don’t wanna be the only jurisdiction in El Paso County that is going to allow for retail centers.

"My concern is if Colorado Springs doesn’t allow retail marijuana, then the pressure’d be enormous on Manitou. And I don’t want our little town to be overrun with a dozen retail centers and really become kind of a mecca for marijuana activity," says the mayor. "So, if that were the case, if Colorado Springs were to enact a ban, then I’d probably be looking at some type of cap — a density cap, or even just an outright limit on the number of establishments that we might allow out here in Manitou."

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