Friday, August 9, 2013

Palmer Lake bans recreational marijuana

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

No recreational green in the leafy reservoir scenes, says Palmer Lake Town Council. - FILE PHOTO
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  • No recreational green in the leafy reservoir scenes, says Palmer Lake Town Council.

As the Gazette's Monica Mendoza reported yesterday, the town of Palmer Lake followed the likes of almost every single municipality in El Paso County, the other day, and opted out of allowing recreational-marijuana stores.

We alluded to the possibility in our recent story about Absolute Manitou Wellness Center, now confirmed to be the only location that will be allowed to sell recreational marijuana for some time. That assumes that the city of Manitou Springs does the expected and allows for the shops; its City Council will hold a vote-free work session on the matter at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Aug. 13, and we'll be live-tweeting the meeting. (Follow along at @brycecrawford.)

Still, Mendoza said that the Lake's vote was no sure thing, writing that it "was met with a mix of applause and loud boos. Residents seemed evenly divided on the issue. Of the 31 speakers, 15 favored regulating the sale of marijuana the way that alcohol is regulated while 16 residents said they didn't want anything to do with recreational pot sales."

The decision leaves in place Palmer Lake Wellness Center and Mile High Holistics as the only medical-marijuana centers in the northern area.

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