Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Palmer Lake rejects recreational marijuana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

No recreational green in the leafy reservoir scenes, says Palmer Lake citizens. - FILE PHOTO
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  • No recreational green in the leafy reservoir scenes, says Palmer Lake citizens.

Though some concerns were raised that a positive result from the marijuana ballot question might not be binding on the town, all fears were made moot last night,when a majority of Palmer Lake residents voted against allowing recreational marijuana. Fifty-seven votes separated the two sides — 538 people voted "no," and 481 "yes."

The town had originally opted out of Amendment 64, before citizens gathered enough signatures to force the vote.

The Gazette reports that it was a historic turn-out for the small town just outside Monument. Before the vote, the paper talked to Palmer Lake Wellness Center owner Dino Salvatori.

"Salvatori said he wouldn't have been surprised if it's settled with 'single-digit votes,'" wrote Andrea Sinclair and Matt Steiner. "If the recreational marijuana measure would have passed, he planned to pursue a recreational license. Salvatori, who has owned his dispensary on the south edge of town since 2012, said he estimates Palmer Lake would take in about $1,000 a day in tax revenues from recreational marijuana sales. He said 'that's a very conservative number.'"

This leaves Manitou Springs as the only town in El Paso County to allow RMJ. Later this month, it will go through the licensing process for its two shops, which expect to open in late April or early May.

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