If two votes are good ...
Though Palmer Lake voters rejected recreational-marijuana stores in April, 538 to 481, residents will get another crack at the issue this November. Two cracks actually, as two questions will deal with the plant.
The first would allow retail sales, with limitations on the number of stores; the inclusion of a "good neighbor" plan; restrictions on hours and locations as decided by a committee made up of supporters and opponents; a special 6-percent sales tax; and the creation of a Palmer Lake emergency account that all related monies would fund.
The second initiative is pretty much the opposite. Backed by Monument resident Chris Amenson, who did not return a call seeking comment, it asks, "Shall the Town of Palmer Lake prohibit the operation of retail marijuana stores until at least November 7, 2017 and thereafter until repealed by vote of the electorate?"
Beyond disagreeing with the limiting language, the anti-pot question would be another blow to the town, says attorney and resident Karen Stuth, who sits on the planning commission and is running the pro-cannabis campaign with Mitch Davis. "Our town really, really, really needs the money [from marijuana taxes]," she says. "We have such a high rate of businesses opening and closing, here in Palmer Lake, that our prospects for increasing our revenue using other sources are dim to none, unless we would get a Walmart or a Home Depot."
Stuth objects to Amenson's refusal to participate in a public, 9 a.m. debate on Sept. 20 at Town Hall (42 Valley Crescent St.), and likes RMJ's chance of success; she notes that after the most recent election, 300 ballots that were accidentally mailed to a physical address instead of the appropriate post-office box were returned to City Hall unopened.
Currently, there's one medical-marijuana center in operation: Dino Salvatori's Palmer Lake Wellness Center. For reference, 54.6 percent of Palmer Lake voters supported Amendment 64 in 2012.
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A new reality web series combines Shark Tank with Super Lemon Haze, and it wants you to audition. The Marijuana Show seeks "budding canna-business entrepreneurs ... with new business ideas, or budding companies that are looking for guidance and capital to take them to the next level." Auditions will be held between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, at The Watering Bowl (5411 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, themarijuanashow.com).
The Southern Colorado Cannabis Council has changed the date of its public mixer at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., thewarehouserestaurant.com). Instead of Tuesday, Sept. 16, it will happen at 7 p.m., Sept. 24. Longmont Rep. Jonathan Singer will speak.
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