Wednesday, May 28, 2014

UPDATE: Marijuana is going great, says Colorado government

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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Update: We heard back from EVC leader Mark Slaugh, who says Colorado Springs ballot language is coming.

"There was some miscommunication and scheduling conflicts with councilors," he writes in an email. "You’re correct in that they never had a copy of the ordinance. We have been trying to track down meeting times to present it and many have been too busy too coordinate their schedule with mine.

"The effort is still underway and we hope they will allow us a choice."

——— Original post: Wednesday, May 28, 2:59 p.m. ———

Gov. John Hickenlooper was opposed to Amendment 64, but many months into its roll-out, he tells CBS News he's got no major qualms with how things have gone.

"If people didn't smoke before, generally they're not smoking now," says the governor of Colorado. "So we haven't seen a giant increase in the number of people smoking marijuana, assuming that they're giving honest answers to polls. So generally the people that were smoking are still smoking, and now they're paying taxes. And that money, instead of going off to sometimes to our enemies, foreign countries, drug dealers, whatever, that money's now staying in Colorado and creating jobs and generating taxes."

He even spoke hopefully about the national trend.

"I think if we do our job properly, then I think other states will follow, and I think we might 10 years, 20 years down the road see a point where the country is much more tolerant as a nation."

Elsewhere, Ron Kammerzell, the director of enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue, which contains the Marijuana Enforcement Division, told Vox in an interesting Q-and-A that he was pretty happy too.

"I would say that the rollout was extremely smooth," he says. "The sky hasn't fallen like some had predicted, and we're moving forward and trying to fine tune this regulatory model."

As far as recreational in Colorado Springs, the group Every Vote Counts spoke before City Council yesterday in support of the body adding a question to the November ballot asking voters if they want to allow rec stores. Councilor Jill Gaebler tells the Indy she hasn't seen any ballot language from the group, however, and that there's nothing she's aware of working its way through the city's legal pipeline before it comes before Council for consideration.

"No real news to report," confirms Councilor Jan Martin in an email. "They did come and requested we consider putting a measure on the ballot but it was just sort of left hanging. ... Nothing was given to us yesterday with suggested ballot language."

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