Marijuana: Amendment 64 passes in El Paso County by fewer than a dozen votes

Who says El Paso County isn't pro-marijuana? The official tally is in and Amendment 64 passed by a whopping ten votes. In total, 292,698 people in the county voted in the election. Of that number, 141,701 people voted for Amendment 64. Officials in El Paso County said that the slim margins would require a recount if it were a countywide issue.

But since it doesn't make a difference in the state election, officials told the Colorado Springs Gazette that "it doesn't really matter."

But should it really matter?

The final tally indicates that a majority of people voting on the issue agrees with the measure, yet officials in El Paso County still aren't jumping on the ganja train.

Take El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who says there will most certainly be a measure to ban retail centers before the county sometime soon. Lathen isn't shy with her feelings, either, telling the Gazette's Bob Stephens that she hopes to see bans enacted at the county level as well as in Colorado Springs.

And we hope someone tells Lathen to pay attention to what her voting constituency wants.

Read the rest of the Gazette article here.

More from our marijuana news archive: "Medical marijuana dispensary review: Jane Medical on East Colfax"; "Police departments changing pot policy in advance of Amendment 64 signing"



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Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

What a question. This is te only county in Colorado that was carried by Don Maes for Govenr. (remember him). Colorado Springs is to over done consrvatives as Boulder is for over done liberals .

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

Colorado Springs is like the right-winged Christian vatican....the holy rollers, do not approve of all rolling...lol.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Because Colorado Springs is run by focus on the family.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

-- The Exodus Begins !! 

 

*** Englewood among first cities taking action with moratorium on Pot Shops ***

 

The first ballots had not even begun to arrive in mailboxes when the Englewood City Council took up an emergency ordinance to address one of the outcomes of the 2012 election.

 

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the council unanimously approved a moratorium on the opening of recreational-marijuana businesses sanctioned under Amendment 64 — the partial marijuana-legalization measure that Colorado voters ultimately approved.

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_22050698/englewood-among-cities-taking-action-moratorium-marijuana-shops

 

 

Yeeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  ... thank Allah that Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert allowed Local Governments to COMPLETELY REJECT and DENY the "baby steps" taken by A64!

 

Without the local right to DENY written into the dysfunctional A64, these localities would have been forced to follow The Will of the Voters and the Constitution.

 

Gotta love OPTIONAL Constitutional Amendments, eh morons?

 

Reap What Ye Have Sown, you pig-ignorant zit-faced bong-sucking stoners!

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Which means that under the "Local Option" contained in A64, El Paso County could EASILY vote to BAN ALL Recreational marijuana stores.

 

They might even revisit their willingness to allow the Greedy Big $$ Medical Dispensaries and ban them too.

 

Fact -- there are 84 cities/counties that have BANNED "medical" marijuana dispensaries under the provisions of HB1284. The chance that any of them will allow "recreational" marijuana stores is near ZERO. In fact many places that allow "medical" will likely reject "recreational" stores ... or place near Impossible REGULATIONS, Restrictions and Controls upon them as to make it financially and legally unfeasible to operate one.

 

Thank Jah that the Authors of A64 allowed individual cities/counties to DENY and REJECT the relevant provisions of A64 as they so desire.

 

Regulation Works !!

 

.

Monkey
Monkey

Municipalities who ban the weed stores will just be banning sale tax revenue. Smart people will avoid the whole "regulated retail store" thing anyway. Even El Paso can't ban the rights of people to peacefully assemble, or transfer weed in private. I have a feeling the weed industry in Colorado will turn from a retail storefront model to a private club with membership fees model before the legislators can even start ruining it for everyone like last time. Long live the free market!! Hopefully people understand regulations kill the free market and we can put the ones who created this fixed market place out of business for good.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

"In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. In 2005, nearly 43% of all drug arrests were for marijuana offenses.  Marijuana possession arrests accounted for 79% of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offense, compared to 41,000 in 1980. Most of these people have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity" - page 4

 

"With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions." - page 6

 

PROHIBITION IS A DIRECT THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY: 

 

"The war on drugs has also generated indirect costs that many researchers contend have undermined public safety. The federal government has prioritized spending and grants for drug task forces and widespread drug interdiction efforts that often target low-level drug dealing. These highly organized and coordinated efforts have been very labor intensive for local law enforcement agencies with some unanticipated consequences for investigation of other crimes. The focus on drugs is believed to have redirected law enforcement resources that have resulted in more drunk driving, and decreased investigation and enforcement of violent crime laws. In Illinois, a 47% increase in drug arrests corresponded with a 22% decrease in arrests for drunk driving. Florida researchers have similarly linked the focus on low level drug arrests with an increase in the serious crime index."

 

—Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment, by Bryan Stevenson

 

http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Arquivos/Global_Com_Bryan_Stevenson.pdf 

 

therealtrickjames
therealtrickjames

Kinda sad that these bureaucrats are abusing their power to thwart the will of the voters. I hope the citizens remember this during the next election. On a more positive note it just means more tax revenue for the neighboring counties.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Fan-T-C   Odor indeed !

Feel that "regulation" all up inside you, stupid stoners, and beg for more!

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay Oh my god Grammar!!!!!! Jesus Christ you need to work on English since you clearly comprehend it about as much as a Somalian.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay Guess the people in those counties who believe in freedom will now have to use the NEW TOOL they have, post Amendment 64, to grow in their own homes, and work around the dysfunction of their local governments by giving their overage to those in need. Maybe licensed, regulated and taxed commerce won't flower under A64 (and in that environment, I'm not going to mourn it), in those communities (if any) , but at least the dispensation of allowing people to grow a few plants in private will prompt higher availability of something other than imported brickweed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey "will just be banning sale tax revenue"

 

In Boulder County, at its peak of 100+ dispensaries, sales tax revenue from MMJ was a pathetic 1/2 of 1% of total sales tax revenue collected from all sources -- i.e. restaurants, hotels, entertainment, etc.

 

1/2 of 1% 

 

The Stoner Delusion of Financial Windfalls for everyone, including the Government, is merely another unfounded, bong-addled fantasy.

 

wtfk
wtfk

 @therealtrickjames The longer you've been around the issue of cannabis legislation, and for that matter, the institution of republic, the more you see politicians and bureaucrats thumbing their noses at the electorate, proud of the power they've been given to abuse those very same people. It continues to amaze me that the abused turn around and re-elect the incumbents by wide margins, on average.

 

I do believe, though, that it's the bureaucrats who make the biggest habit of thumbing their noses, not having been elected by them. One example was Matt Cook, who looked me in the eye one day and proudly told me he "had precedent" that a cutting which had not yet been transplanted into growing media "is a plant." I had come to Matt in good faith, at a public meeting, to indicate that current rules of six plants, three flowering, was an absurd limitation in light of the time-honored practice of growing from clones.

 

I pointed out to Cook that in order to choose three robust plants to flower, one should have at least five or six candidate vegetating plants, and in order to have those candidates, one should plant perhaps a dozen clones, most of which would become rooted clones, but not all of which would become robust. So, it takes something on the order of twenty non-flowering "plants" (most of which are cuttings, some of which may become rooted at any time) to support the development of three robust flowering plants. This makes a reasonable plant total more like 25 in the current legal environment. I thought he might understand, at that point, the need to loosen enforcement, in the area of NON-flowering plants (and in particular, "plants" which had not even been "planted.")

 

It was his response to this logic, which I had shared in good faith, hoping to foster a goodwill effort of cooperation, that Matt Cook then bragged about having "precedent" that clones are plants, regardless of whether they are truly viable or transplanted into growing media. It was at this time that my conviction was confirmed--you cannot expect bureaucrats and politicians to act on "good faith." There is no such thing in politics. What you can expect is for them to stab you in the back and ensure that any constitutional provision, any statute, any expression of the will of the people, will be used for their own satisfaction or ignored, and if possible, to harm the very people "civil servants" were intended to "serve."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk "allowing people to grow a few plants"

 

Little Minds of Little Courage beg for Little Freedom 

-- DH

 

Stay Little.

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay

Well considering all of the industries that the sales tax applies to it better be 1/2 of 1% considering it is only a single industry in a sea of thousands.

 

Your points still make no sense. Actually you make no points that I have seen. You have yet to say what you want which apparently is nothing so how about you leave and enjoy that nothing.

 

Fail again from the alcoholic DH. Or maybe a bong user he seems to mention that a lot so I bet that is the poison of choice for him since he wants no freedoms anyways.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk  "... politicians and bureaucrats thumbing their noses at the electorate, proud of the power they've been given to abuse those very same people. It continues to amaze me that the abused turn around and re-elect the incumbents by wide margins, on average."

 

See: Battered Wife Syndrome

 

 @wtfk "So, it takes something on the order of twenty non-flowering "plants" (most of which are cuttings, some of which may become rooted at any time) to support the development of three robust flowering plants."

 

Which is why the intelligent people in Oregon allow 24 (twenty four) plants per patient in their MMJ law ... and 1 1/2 (one and a half) POUNDS per person for possession. 

 

Colorado Pot Clowns = gutless lap-dogs afraid of their own shadow.

 

ps: Fuck Matt Cook, and fuck what the miserable lowlife parasitic piece of shit stands for ... and fuck his mother for bringing a worthless scumbag like him into this world.

 

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Fan-T-C @DonkeyHotay 

... and those morons too stupid to realize that taxes ALWAYS get passed down to the end user in the form of higher prices.

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

Fan-T-C
Fan-T-C

 @DonkeyHotay  The only people who would vote for unlimited taxes on cannabis, as in A64, are those who don't actually buy cannabis themselves.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011  Surrender Early, Surrender Often ... its the Slackers' Credo.

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay

Little Minds of Little Courage beg for NO Freedom

--(what DH meant, oh wait what he is?)

 

Stay oppressed.

wtfk
wtfk

 @DonkeyHotay The fact that they begged for little freedom was a factor in my decision not to vote for A64, along with the added burden of taxes and regulation, not to mention over and above that of alcohol. Nevertheless, I will endeavor to maximize that little freedom, for the good of myself and of others, and I am currently planning the best way to do so.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011  So you admit the Stoner Propaganda about huge financial windfalls of Tax Revenue from pot is just another unfounded LIE that lying stoners tell, eh?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 When you learn the difference between slander and libel, get back to us you pig-ignorant fuckwit.

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay

"ps: Fuck Matt Cook, and fuck what the miserable lowlife parasitic piece of shit stands for ... and fuck his mother for bringing a worthless scumbag like him into this world."

Comments like these could be interpreted as malicious intent or slander. I bet you have been in jail and are about to go again.....

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