Marijuana: Meet Don Knight, whose vote may ban recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs

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Photos, video below.
Colorado Springs is one of the state's largest medical marijuana markets, and El Paso County, where it's located, voted in favor of Amendment 64, albeit by just ten votes.

Nevertheless, the Springs city council is likely to issue a de facto ban on recreational pot sales later today, with the deciding vote against allowing them likely to be cast by councilmember Don Knight. Continue to learn more about him and his rationale -- and to see a bizarre animated video in which he features.

The Colorado Springs City Council's recreational-marijuana vote is expected to take place during a meeting that kicks off at 1 p.m. today.

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A photo of Don Knight from his campaign website.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, four members of the council -- Keith King, Helen Collins, Jill Gaebler and Jan Martin -- either promised during their campaign or have publicly stated that they will vote in favor of regulating sales. In contrast, three -- Merv Bennett, Andy Pico and Joel Miller -- have previously said they oppose recreational sales. And Mayor Steve Bach has announced that he will veto regulations if given the chance -- and it takes a two-thirds majority of council, or six votes, to override a mayoral veto.

This math meant that Knight and fellow councilmember Val Snider both needed to vote for regulation in order for recreational pot to survive a Bach veto. But yesterday, Knight sent an e-mail to constituents explaining that he's decided to oppose regs. As quoted by the Colorado Springs Independent, the message reads in part:

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....

This move shouldn't come as a complete surprise. On Knight's campaign website, he described his position on Amendment 64 like so: "I voted against Amendment 64. After 26 years as an Air Force Officer, my core ethics do not support the recreational use of marijuana."

Knight added that "my ethics also taught me to respect all the laws of the land -- not just the ones I like." Hence, he was undecided about how best to move forward. But his indecision is now a thing of the past.

There's no guarantee today's council vote will take place as predicted -- something pro-sales councilwoman Gaebler emphasized in a recent tweet:

But by climbing off the fence, Knight is now in the position of unleashing a political pot storm in the Springs, making him an even greater focus of attention than he's attracted to date.

He's already inspired the following clip, which imagines a mushroom-fueled meeting between him and council president King. Check it out below.

More from our Marijuana archive circa June: "Marijuana: Will recreational pot live or die in Colorado Springs?"


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Paula Abolafia
Paula Abolafia

fuck off & die. this is no longer your generation.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Has anyone ever wondered why Roberts uses his photo w/ each entry ?

None of the other writers/editors do this .

Just curious ........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

My name is Tyler & I'm a Marijuana Regulated BITCH !!!

Accepting 'it', IS the 1st step !

(It's the 2nd step that always gets my 1-legged ass ...!)

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This simply means who ever owns the store furthest metro-south, will be cashing in on Colo-Springs $$$$$ !!!

Duh !.....

Monkey
Monkey

I guess Denver and Boulder will be the only ones paying for the unnecessary regulations, anti-weed education and new schools for the children. They better start advertising in surrounding States, when people go back to getting their weed from friends, little Timmy from Kansas will be a prized customer.

Blake Gavaldon
Blake Gavaldon

Fort Collins reversed thier ban in fear of being sued by the State of Colorado. I'm pretty sure marijuana activists would push for a similar action.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Fracking bans in certain cities were very much the result of voter referendums. Fail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Good thing that the Lying Liars behind that turd A64 and the clueless stoners who voted for it explicitly allowed every city and county in Colorado to COMPLETELY BAN ALL commercial marijuana operations in their jurisdiction.

                                 *** Regulation Works! ***

James Gold
James Gold

Well, if the people vote for something. And it passes into law, then it is my understanding that THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. Pretty simple, I think.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

who cares about the springs? its the lamest place in the west.

Chad Roth
Chad Roth

I don't know why they're always so worried about the Goddamned kids. Liquor causes way more problems and is still readily available. Where's the outrage there?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Paula Abolafia   Wow, what a sweet girl!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Paula Abolafia ... pretty fucking STUPID of your generation to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to his uptight prohibitionist generation via that festering turd A64 ...wasn't it, stoner?


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Juan_Leg             or................................ they will simply go to Manitou Springs, which is immediately adjacent to COS.    Duh indeed!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... because there are no private caregivers or street dealers in the Springs.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Monkey Not tough to read between those lines. Thanks for posting, Monkey.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "when people go back to getting their weed from friends"

No self-respecting stoner ever left that tried and true model of free market capitalism.

Fuck Government Regulated, Overtaxed, Warehouse Weed, and fuck what it stands for. ... it's the qualitative equivalent of Government Cheese.


BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Blake Gavaldon If you're entertained by this, you have ADD.  "How much superficial crap and different camera angles can we flash on the screen in 3 minutes and 27 seconds?"

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Blake Gavaldon Interesting theory, Blake. Thanks for posting.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Blake Gavaldon "Fort Collins reversed thier [sic] ban ..."

Typical illiterate stoner.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@James Gold <--------

And Jesus has a special place in heaven for Downs Syndrome victims, such as is the case w/ Mr. Gold, here ..... 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@James Gold = another idiot who didn't read, much less comprehend what A64 proposed.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Aaron LeForce      Freakin' scrawny ass punk bad mouthing my place.  Do you want to know what is lame dick?  Take a look at your profile pic.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chad Roth = typical stoner, always wants to change the subject to alcohol.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@won_leg <=== Asian envy

How's your grotesquely overweight sister, Won Ton ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues @Juan_Leg ... because the stoners in Colorado Springs are too stupid and/or lazy to grow their own ... or appoint a private caregiver to do it for them.

drbg781
drbg781

@michael.roberts You guys really need to moderate this site better.  There is no reason to allow people to use your site to attack other people and their character.  As you can see, the comments above are quite hostile towards me.  I do not see any justified reason to attack me instead of discussing the topic at hand.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts 

"Interesting theory" = complete bullshit

drbg781
drbg781

@DonkeyHotay I'm actually a 4.0 student at the University of Colorado.  I am far from illiterate.  And pointing out small grammatical errors doesn't prove your point -- it makes you look like a rude person.  I doubt you would talk like this to me in real life, the internet shouldn't be a tool for your hatred, sir.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues Um, you might want to change YOUR profile pic before the CBI kiddie porn department starts asking questions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... says the CoSp baable-thumpin' teabagger who has a child porn pic for his avatar.


jordan171
jordan171

@fishingblues hahaha sorry dude, this article proves how lame the Springs is. Nice try making fun of the other dude, because he can change his profile pic, and you still live in the Springs. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Typical half-ass, always wants to change the subject to him.  Do you ever say anything nice donkey boy?  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay

" How's your grotesquely overweight sister, Won Ton ? "

You talking bout Mama June ???

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@drbg781 ... so who's forcing you to read the comments, you fascist censor pig?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "Guys can achieve oral satisfaction while simultaneously taking a nap and taking a dump"

Into your archive of shame.

@fishingblues "No religion and I'm a Libertarian."

In CO Springs? ... like a whore in church.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues Who are you referring to donkey boy?  No religion and I'm a Libertarian.  We've been through this.  Hard to get something through to a dumb-ass, half-ass.  As to my avatar, it is simply representative of a guy who can multitask.  Guys can achieve oral satisfaction while simultaneously taking a nap and taking a dump.  I know it was over your head.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@jordan171 @fishingblues   Jordon:  I believe you have the insult backwards.  I can always move, and our boy Aaron can change his pic but he cannot change the fact that the pic is him and he will always be a limp-dick loser.  How about you? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@jordan171 @fishingblues The article "proves' there are nimrods in politics in the Springs but does no such thing for the Springs itself.  Just as, Obama is a loser and an abysmal failure, but that does not mean the US is.

Another bigoted dickhead shooting off his big mouth.  

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