Monday, July 22, 2013

Marijuana in Colorado Springs faces tough road tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

The future of recreational-marijuana stores in Colorado Springs is looking a little more grim today with two things: a statement from City Councilor Don Knight saying he would vote to opt-out of allowing the dispensaries, and a report from the Gazette citing a likely veto from Mayor Steve Bach of any allowing ordinances.

First, here's Knight's e-mailed statement: “To the Citizens of District 1, tomorrow I will vote to opt-out of recreational marijuana sales," he writes. "My first concern is whether opting-out, versus licensing sales, best keeps recreational marijuana away from minors. ...

"Second, I weighed the proposed revenue from recreational sales against any unintended consequences to our two major economic drivers — military and tourism. The loss of tens of millions of dollars from either would more than offset the $3.9 million in marijuana tax revenue Sensible Colorado Action predicts for Colorado Springs.

"Finally, I took an oath to support both the constitutions of the United States and Colorado. Marijuana is still against Federal law. ..."

And today, Monica Mendoza at the daily paper had this:

[Knight] joins three other council members - Merv Bennett, Andy Pico and Joel Miller - who have said they are against allowing pot shops.

Even if the other five council members vote to approve and regulate marijuana sales, Mayor Steve Bach said Monday he'll veto the measure. It would take a two-thirds vote of the council to overturn the veto.

"And council does not have that," King said. "It's already over."

Despite all that, Councilwoman Jill Gaebler says we should all just wait for tomorrow's 1 p.m. meeting and vote at City Hall.

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