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Marijuana: Lakewood bans pot businesses, but voters could allow retail shops

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Lakewood has become the latest city in Colorado to ban cannabis businesses. But voters will decide in November if retail marijuana shops should be allowed.

See also: Marijuana: Littleton City Council takes step toward banning retail pot businesses

During a meeting Monday night, the Lakewood City Council voted to ban marijuana businesses such as cultivation facilities, infused-product manufacturers, marijuana-smoking clubs and research labs, as well as outlawing hash oil extractions. However, council members agreed to let Lakewood residents decide the future of retail dispensaries at the ballot box on November 4.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Karen Harrison proposed to add retail dispensaries to the ban and skip the public vote, but the motion was denied.

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Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy.
The meeting, which lasted more than five hours, had a large amount of public input, with most speakers supporting prohibition.

Colorado Christian University President and former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong strongly advocated for the ban, claiming CCU would lose potential students and Lakewood's reputation would be tarnished if the city allowed pot sales and more.

"It's a fact and it's been published: Marijuana and the use of marijuana has been implicated in serious misbehavior, delusions, hallucinations and in some cases, violent acts," Armstrong said.

Armstrong and many other Lakewood residents attending the meeting asked the city council to ban retail marijuana on the spot and not to leave it up to the people to decide. However, the majority of council members were reluctant to give in to the pressure.

"We have a large, vocal group here tonight, and we can't discount what you're saying," Ward 4 Councilman Adam Paul said. "But how can you ask us to discount the 49,000 people who voted in favor of Amendment 64?"

During the meeting, Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy said a significant majority of voters passed Amendment 64 in all five geographical areas of the city and stressed the importance of a local democracy.

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Bill Armstrong.
"I cannot be presumptive enough in my own mind to say that I know what was in the mind of the voters when they fairly overwhelmingly passed Amendment 64," Murphy explained before voting. "I think it's reasonable to ask them."

Although the voice of the people has yet to be fully heard, most of the council had very strong opinions in regard to allowing retail cannabis inside the city -- and disagreements sometimes came from within the same areas.

"It is unconscionable to subject our city to this barrage of money," Ward 1 Councilwoman Ramey Johnson said of potential tax revenue during the meeting. "Let's do the right thing and ban it tonight."

Karen Kellen, Ward 1's other council member, saw it from a different perspective.

"This isn't about money. This isn't about more revenue for the city," Kellen said. "This is about a failed drug policy. It's a policy that has disproportionally impacted people of color, and it's a policy that's done nothing to alleviate the addiction problems we have in this country."

Medical marijuana dispensaries weren't included in the ban, but Lakewood isn't issuing permits for new locations.

Electronic hand-held vaporizers were also banned in public areas in Lakewood such as movie theaters, restaurants and elevators. The ban treats vaporizers in the same fashion as tobacco. Council members said they were concerned Lakewood residents were vaporizing cannabis products in public.

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artelf2xs
artelf2xs

Serious? If they where REALY so concerned about addiction, wouldn't they allow an alternative to cigarets (which are as addictive as crack if not more ) Like vaping?


they're true colors show through bright and clear!

artelf2xs
artelf2xs

typical idiot politicians... " we can't presume that voters know what they where voting for when they passed Amendment 64.. so we're  rewriting the law for them against their wishes. However, they can vote to have the sales of pot here so we can get the taxes...


Hopefully the people will forget that we don't care how they vote... we write our own damn laws.. Not like they pay us to work for them or anything.. Right ?


Sounds like the city council thinks the genera public are idiots and they are the God's that need to change our diapers... I'm thinking we need to give them a drug test? or Mental health evaluation! Did they really say it was not about revenue but about drug addicted African Americans? OMG  Pot is not even as physically addictive as a damn Starbucks for Christ sake.



artelf2xs
artelf2xs

Clearly the city does not care what the citizens want and vote for. But they do want the tax revenue... I say drive to Denver and let lakewood bite it's nose off!


Jessica Pombo
Jessica Pombo

That's because people using pot...like alcohol...don't know when to stop after their personal limit...and acting immature/stupid...thus making the people who use responsibly to look bad. If marijuana makes you hallucinate or want to kill people you should put that J down and go pick up a phone and call the nearest rehab. You should know as a responsible adult what your body can or cannot handle! Quit making us responsible tokers look bad!

Benjie Robinson
Benjie Robinson

I think local bans are the same as prohibition and although the provision is written into Amendment 64 it is in direct conflict with the amendment. How can a constitutional amendment grant a right but also allow for prohibition of that same right?

John Zinn
John Zinn

Sounds like Lakewood needs some new local Politian's. Vote 'em out!

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

Don't give them a penny of our tax dollars!! Their schools don't deserve it. Move out of that hell hole!!

John Kingdon
John Kingdon

Bye bye city council. How many of them are up for reelection this cycle?

Dino Lenzini
Dino Lenzini

Lakewood council needs to wake up. It's been in Lakewood as long as I can remember, that's at least 45 years !! Get these people out of office if they vote against weed sales!!!

Richard Fowler
Richard Fowler

Headline should read: Bill Armstrong introduces a republican jobs bill.

Margaux Milchen
Margaux Milchen

Sounds to me like they don't want the tax money...their kids will suffer...but...next.

Jaci Davis
Jaci Davis

Thats because meth is lakewoods drug of choice

Kimberly Scott-Marsden
Kimberly Scott-Marsden

Sounds like the city council isn't listening to their citizens. I'm thinking we need a new city council.

Deric Pinales
Deric Pinales

So much for listening to voters. The system is broken.

Karla K Lee
Karla K Lee

Bill Armstrong, Karen Harrison and Ramey Johnson need to move to Texas, Colorado is too forward thinking for their narrow minds.

Karla K Lee
Karla K Lee

Former U.S Senator Bill Armstrong is an idiot! Ward 5 councilwoman Karen Harrison and Ward 1 councilwoman Ramey Johnson need to be voted out ASAP, they obviously do Not represent the people of Lakewood. On the other hand Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul and Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy are keepers. Remember these names people! And vote for the best representatives!

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

No, because they are obviously going against what the residents want.

Jim Graeber
Jim Graeber

Communities that ban retail pot shops should receive NO tax revenue from recreational pot.

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

Yet there's like 20 liqueur stores on Broadway and on Littleton Blvd

Zachary Hughes
Zachary Hughes

Armstrong's last pot education video was Reefer Madness.

Tim Millonzi
Tim Millonzi

I live in Fairplay and they are doing the same thing.Its a poor town that could the money to fix streets, beautify the town and just get up to speed with the rest of the state.I own a business in town and cannot vote in town because I live outside of town! Alma the town next to us is reaping the benefits from there one shop.We live in the stone age in Fairplay!!

Kevin McNeil
Kevin McNeil

Of course they have no problem selling cigarettes on every corner.

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

You know about all those colleges losing money because there aren't legal pot shops around the corner. Serious business, that.

WJClinton
WJClinton

To all of you who have reacted with pitchforks let me ask this. Do you prefer a permanent ban on retail sales or an opportunity to have them. After watching what actually transpired the votes weren't there for allowance....

Matt Pierce
Matt Pierce

Nope. But hey, no businesses, not tax revenue. Bam, problem solved.

Jerrica Benton
Jerrica Benton

Vote em out of office, they've dug their own graves!

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Lakewood city council is completely out of touch.

Justin Vonesh
Justin Vonesh

yet another Christian douchebag is responsible for ruining other people's freedom of choice.

David Rhee
David Rhee

All great movements have resistance. Push on Lakewood

Lucas Jamison
Lucas Jamison

that is stupid...so you will let a dispensary open but not a grow? thats pretty biased..Dan Stofka did you see this?

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

"Unconscionable to subject our city to this barrage of money..." lol.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

We can whine and complain about this and other towns that do it too, it's not going to change until you people that live in those areas vote these "lawmakers" and their antiquated thinking out of office. It's absolutely ridiculous to ban these businesses and then bend over backwards to get in more bars and microbreweries.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

That's as dumb as hickenlooper trying to stop A64 then bragging about how much money the state is making

Brooke Sargent
Brooke Sargent

If you don't like it, don't buy/use it. Same as alcohol.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Try reading Article XVIII, Section 16 of our Constitution; it's not fun, but it is informative.

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