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Counted back in

The Colorado Springs group Every Vote Counts is beginning its push to collect enough signatures to overturn City Council's decision to opt out of recreational marijuana, and wants your help in the effort.

"Every voice should be heard," reads a section called "Our Ideals" that came on the back of bookmarks being handed out at a marijuana event. "We want to create community conversation as we advocate for citizen and community rights. We work to create effective local and national government. We know that our democracy can be reinvigorated, and together we can bring democracy back to life."

The group says it needs around 18,000 signatures to qualify for next year's ballot, but wants to collect more than twice that amount. If interested, attend the 7 p.m. meetings on Thursdays in the Pikes Peak Room at Colorado Springs City Hall (107 N. Nevada Ave.). You can also email merally@gmail.com for more information.

Capitol cannabis

Last week, Denver's City Council passed Council Bill No. CB13-0570, which creates rules and regulations for the city's new recreational-marijuana industry.

"The whole world is watching, not just the country," the Denver Post quoted Councilor Charlie Brown as saying. "There will be some changes. It is a work in progress. We did what we could, but this is a huge unknown."

Shops likely to open around the beginning of next year will face similar restrictions as medical-marijuana centers. For instance, no RMJ store will be allowed to operate within 1,000 feet of a childcare center, a K-through-12 school, any substance-abuse treatment facilities, or other marijuana facilities.

Free joints create heat

According to the Daily Camera, the anti-marijuana-tax No on Proposition AA continued its giving ways by handing out free joints at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Monday. "We're going to give you some dankness for your dampness," the paper quoted group member Rob Corry as telling the rain-wracked crowd.

A previous giveaway in Denver drew the ire of city councilors concerned with scofflaws who publicly lit up, while nearby police did nothing.

The cannabis-advocacy group Colorado NORML also found itself under fire from the establishment after it came out against the tax: Last week, the Denver Post's editorial board wrote, "The Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which we've previously praised, is responsibly supporting Proposition AA. But NORML's stance puts the group in the same boat on taxes with activists who were handing out free joints last week in Civic Center. In other words, not the image most Coloradans would consider normal."

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