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Even though the state will allow commercial sales of recreational cannabis, local governments can still ban it. And Colorado Springs City Council is expected to consider the issue soon.

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KC Skubic of the north central area is a barista

Do you think our city leaders could decide to ban recreational marijuana? Yes, because it's still against the law federally. I can see Colorado Springs banning it, but not Denver or Boulder.

Were you surprised when state voters legalized it? Yes, actually, I was surprised. I thought it would lake a little longer because there's no good way to regulate it, like there is with alcohol.

Why do you think marijuana is so controversial? I'm not sure why it's such a big deal. I do think it's addictive in some ways but people who like it will do it anyway, legal or not.

What are the odds you'll see marijuana legalized nationally in your lifetime? Pretty good, unless we start to see huge negative incidents from its use.

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Patrick Solski of the southwest side works in food service

Do you think Colorado Springs will ban the use of recreational marijuana? No, because it's such a good investment, and they'll make money from taxes.

Were you surprised when state voters legalized marijuana? No, not really. It had to happen sometime.

Why do you think marijuana is so controversial? Because it can be a gateway drug. Some people think it might corrupt their kids; other people think it's a good idea because it's better than alcohol.

How do you think marijuana compares to alcohol? Alcohol is way worse. Look at drunk drivers — it seems like alcohol makes people more stupid.

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Jackie Diaz from Manitou Springs is a certified nursing assistant

Do you think our city leaders will decide to ban recreational marijuana? I think it's possible, depending on how the public influences them. I think their actions should be a reflection of the populace.

Why do you think marijuana is generally so controversial? Because of the dissonance between the user's perception and the non-user's perception. I think it can provide some benefits, but it's not a wonder drug.

Do you think marijuana is comparable to alcohol? Yes, in how they both can disorient you.

Do you think you'll see marijuana legalized nationally in your lifetime? Yes, if there's enough communication about it. The sales taxes could go toward providing good services, but I think some buyers aren't used to paying taxes.

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