Recreational pot sales rejected in many towns, but advocate thinks most will come around

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Colorado's marijuana laws allow communities to decide whether or not to allow recreational sales. Votes on the topic have taken place in more than a dozen municipalities over the past couple of weeks, with a hefty percentage turning thumbs-down.

These results don't frustrate one prominent marijuana advocate charged with following them. She prefers focusing on the successes rather than the failures and thinks some cities and counties that have rejected pot sales will reverse course over time. But not all of them.

For Shawn Hauser, an attorney with the firm of Vicente Sederberg and local director for Sensible Colorado Action, tracking each vote is a challenge given that lots of the communities are small, with only a relative handful of people casting ballots. Note that this week, the vote nixing recreational pot sales in Larkspur was reportedly 73-26 -- meaning that fewer than 100 people took part.

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Shawn Hauser.
"Palmer Lake said no," Hauser says as she shuffles through the data. "Fruita said no; they've historically voted no on marijuana in general. And Colbran supported a ban, but it was a kind of non-binding advisory question."

Not that there were rejections all around. "Debeque in Mesa County voted yes," Hauser points out, "and that's a big deal, because they're one of the only ones in the area to vote yes: It was 69 to 65. Red Cliff voted for it, and so did Log Lane Village, which is tiny; it's near Fort Morgan, in Morgan County. I'm told Silverton is going to be moving forward; there was a vote to repeal the initiative that permitted usage, but it failed. And Fort Collins officially opted in a few weeks ago. That was a big deal."

Other sale locations are pending. Hauser points out that "the moratoriums in Durango and La Plata are going to end in the summer, and they're going to be coming online for recreational in the summer, mostly starting with their existing businesses."

That's a very mixed bag. But Hauser sees progress.

"There are a lot of small towns that are welcoming recreational sales," she allows. "They see a legitimate need for it and want to honor the will of the voters and participate in the responsible regulatory system in Colorado. And there are a lot of places that wanted to wait and see how it worked in Denver and other places before moving forward -- mostly places that already had medical. They're simply allowing the existing businesses to start recreational sales."

There are exceptions to that rule, Hauser admits, including Colorado Springs and Englewood -- "but there's also Aurora, which is going to be coming on line this summer even though they didn't have medical before. So they're unique in that regard."

Continue for more about the Colorado communities that are allowing or rejecting recreational marijuana sales.



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21 comments
Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I say if they don't want it sold in their counties that's just fine but they shouldn't get any of the tax revenue generated either.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "but advocate thinks"


LOL! ... Epic FAIL!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So another lying McShyster from the office of the lying pimps behind that festering turd A64 run by Lyin' Brian Vicente wants to DENY the REALITY of their IDIOTIC turd that authorized every city and county in Colorado to DENY commercial pot?



Gary White
Gary White

where is the town that rejects ignorance, bigotry and oppression, I want to live in THAT town....the towns that are rejecting RMJ are refusing to admit that its already there

Bailey Surface
Bailey Surface

Stupid they should be happy with the profits on the taxes! Eveyone could use a little help from a friend :)

JimTom
JimTom

Aurora has already made sure by their license point system that the existing cartel owners will be at the top of the list for the limited 16 retail sales licenses. Just another win by the existing cartel protecting their closed market. Way to go Aurora, who got the big stacks of cash?  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what tax revenue?


The LIES told and promoted by the A64 pimps have not and will never come close to the reality that your crappy warehouse schwag won't generate even 1/10 of what was promised.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so legalize Meth, Heroin, LSD, Cocaine, Prostitution and Gambling.


Imagine the Tax Revenue !!



bido
bido

@DonkeyHotay

Hotay you're such a goddamn troll. I wonder how you make your money. 

Sitting on your ass all day, writing your substanceless ad hominem attacks. 

Here's what I posted elsewhere about cannabis in Colorado:

I'm off to score some cannabis on the street because a PTA mom on a city council decided it would be unseemly to sell cannabis recreationally in my Colorado town, and I don't want to pay $80 to doctor so he can buy some nice furniture for his second home. Ah, the Colorado miracle of legal cannabis, looks strangely like anywhere else. Especially the fear of the street people selling the illegal flowers: 

"Psst. Got any weed for sale?"

"Are you a cop?"

Ah, the miracle of legal cannabis in Colorado. So glad I'm here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@JimTom Can you ever post something that doesn't prove what a huge whiner you are?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You have beaten this dead horse long enough -- no one can dispute the fact that cannabis is generating substantial revenue for both state and local governments.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay            " ... so legalize Meth, Heroin, LSD, Cocaine, Prostitution and Gambling."


Now there is a solid Libertarian idea.   How did a communist like you come up with it?  


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  


fuga the fatty's definition of nirvana:


Too stupid to know she is stupid thus rendering a state of blissful ignorance.   

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotayCould you give an example of a libertarian government that has worked?  You might suggest Somalia, but most would say the libertarian paradise of Somalia isn't paradise at all.  Just one example.  Just one!


Libertarianism will not work for the same reason communism will never work.  Both are interesting in theory, but fail in practice, largely due to the lack of good character of mankind. 



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga "some drugs like meth and crack shouldn't be legalized."


So you're a prohibitionist scumbag.


Noted.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafugaFor years I have taken a libertarian view toward the war on drugs, some drugs like meth and crack shouldn't be legalized.  Imaging a bunch of right wing goober gun freaks out with their assault weapons of mass destruction, out of their minds on hate and meth.  What could possibly go wrong with that?

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