Thursday, May 22, 2014

Group to push Council to add marijuana ballot question

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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Today, the group pushing for recreational-marijuana stores in Colorado Springs, Every Vote Counts, announced it will hold a noon press conference and rally outside City Hall on Tuesday, May 27, as it simultaneously seeks to pressure City Council into placing a ballot question before voters asking if they would like to allow RMJ sales. 

“Cities to the north and south of us are effectively working through the regulatory issues, creating jobs and boosting their tax base while we sit here in Colorado Springs wondering how to pay for critical shortfalls,” says group leader Mark Slaugh in a release. “Our voters wanted this to pass; we’re hoping that the council will work with us and give the people of this city the opportunity to voice their will.”

City Council previously voted to opt-out of the recreational marijuana stores allowed for in Amendment 64, under pressure from business and military leaders, as well as Mayor Steve Bach. The mayor, however, cannot veto ballot questions.

The May 27 Council meeting begins at 3 p.m.; here's the agenda.

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