No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs
Turns in Petitions
Today, Citizens for No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs turned in completed petitions to the Manitou Springs City Clerk. The Committee turned in twice as many signatures as required for verification and referral to the ballot of the groups question (attached) to ensure that Manitou Springs opts out of retail marijuana sales as allowed for in Amendment 64.
Tim Haas, Campaign Treasurer noted that Amendment 64, while supported by a majority of Manitou Springs voters, is complicated, very nuanced, and leaves residents and business owners with too many unanswered questions. “As stated on our City’s web site, our community at the foot of Pikes Peak is a picturesque mountain community known for it’s friendly residents and historic charm” Haas stated. “We are in no way attempting to pass moral judgment on the use of medical or recreational marijuana. We simply believe that the residents and businesses of Manitou Springs should not be the litmus test and the only community in the Pikes Peak Region to sell retail marijuana at least until there is more knowledge about the impacts on communities who sell retail marijuana.”
Committee member, Justin Armour stated “we should do everything to keep Manitou Springs a family-friendly community dependent on traditional tourism, not a retail marijuana destination for El Paso and Teller County.”
Upon receipt of the completed petitions City Clerk Donna Kast will make a sufficiency determination within 10 days, which triggers a 10-day resubmit timeline if the petitions are not sufficient.
For information contact Tim Haas, No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs at 719-339-3637 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed Ballot Question
RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES QUESTION
AS PERMITTED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(5), SHALL THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES AS DEFINED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(2) BY ENACTING AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MANITOU SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, LEAVING INTACT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS PROVIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII, SECTION 14?