Group Pushing to Ban CO Springs Pot Shops Looks Ahead to April Election

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

"Let Us Vote COS" is trying to re-ignite support for their ballot question, which allows voters to decide if medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed within Colorado Springs city limits.

The group was originally aiming to get their question on the November 2010 ballot, but they weren't able to get enough signatures. Councilmember Daryl Glenn eventually proposed the idea, but that was rejected by a majority of city leaders, killing the measure for 2010.

Now "Let Us Vote COS" is taking their mission onto the internet, trying to recruit donations and volunteers to help collect another 15,000 signatures needed by December 15 to be considered for the April election.

HB 1284, which was signed by Governor Bill Ritter in 2010, puts regulations into place to keep tabs on the booming medical marijuana industry and dispensaries that distribute the drug to patients statewide. In the law, counties are given the ability to decide whether or not to ban dispensaries and grow operations.

Those who oppose any sort of ban on dispensaries say they will challenge regulations that they say infringe on their constitutional rights.

As far as unincorporated El Paso County, voters will decide in November 2010 whether or not dispensaries are allowed to operate. A question on the ballot strictly stipulates the rules outside Colorado Springs city limits.

If you'd like to see both sides of the debate, we've included a few links below this story. They link to the group pushing for a ban, and a major proponent of sensible medical marijuana laws.

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