Monday, June 23, 2014

Council delays recreational-marijuana decision

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

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Though the city of Colorado Springs previously allocated $250,000 to any election that might come from either a City Council-referred issue or one generated via citizen signatures, City Council decided today to put-off discussion of allowing recreational-marijuana stores and potentially refer it to a crowded April ballot in order to save money. The issue will still come up on tomorrow's agenda, but it will get pushed. The ultimate decision of whether to act or not will have to come by the end of next January.

"When I found out the cost of this, I was in sticker shock," said Council President Keith King. "I just felt that ... I would not want to support that kind of money." 

The issue is being pushed by Councilor Jill Gaebler, working with the local group Every Vote Counts. "I, as the person who brought this, am happy to delay until we could decide whether or not to put it on the April ballot," she said.

As it stands today, the ballot question would establish a further delay, even if passed:

"Shall the City authorize, regulate, and license the lawful operation of marijuana establishments and marijuana-related facilities within the City, and if so, shall the City Council be required to repeal Ordinance No. 13-47 pertaining to the growing and selling of marijuana, and to pass an ordinance establishing a moratorium on the licensing of marijuana establishments until July 1, 2015, for the purpose of studying and passing one or more ordinances authorizing, regulating, and licensing the lawful operation of marijuana establishments and marijuana-related facilities within the City?"

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