COLORADO SPRINGS — In November, voters will have the option of legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs. Today, the city council passed a resolution opposing the measure.
Questions 300 and 301 relate to the legalization of recreational cannabis in springs and a 5% sales tax that would accompany it.
The resolution passed by a vote of 6 to 3, opposed by council members Bill Murray, Yolanda Avila and Nancy Henjum.
Council member Dave Donelson sponsored the resolution. He says he worries about things like Colorado Springs’ placement as one of the best places to live, the harms of cannabis use, the number of dispensaries that could sell for recreational purposes and “destroy the fabric Colorado Health and Social Services with negative side effects”. depending on the resolution.
“This will give City Council members the opportunity to publicly declare, opposing or supporting, the ballot initiative legalizing the retail sale of marijuana. Before citizens vote, I think they deserve to know what is their city council’s position on the matter,” Donelson said.
Anthony Carlson is the campaign manager for Your Choice Colorado, the group that garnered 98,000 signatures
to get both questions on the ballot this year.
He thinks the city council has more important things to do with its time and feels like it’s sharing messages of ‘fridge madness’.
“There are many more important things our City Council can do to ensure that we take ownership of the challenges of this city, rather than wasting time today talking about an initiative that is in the past.” , said Carlson.
The city council resolution does not affect November voter ballots.
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