Weaver Succeeds in Postponing Crucial Medical Marijuana Votes

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

A southern Colorado community's decisions on taxing medical marijuana, and giving voters the choice to ban dispensaries, were put on hold Monday night.

Pueblo City Council member Judy Weaver, an admitted opponent of Medical Marijuana dispensaries, requested the issues be postponed until all council members could be present to vote on them. Council President Larry Atencio was absent from the meeting.

Had the issues been brought up for vote by the council, both would have run the risk of ending in a deadlock three-to-three vote and failed. Weaver says, the issues were of to great of importance and deserved to have the full attention and full attendance of the council when they are decided.

Councilman Leroy Garcia was the only member to vote in opposition of tabling the measures. He says, they should not continue to put off city business simply because they are missing a single member of council.

One of the measures would put a question on the ballot for this November's election that would allow voters in Pueblo to decide whether or not they wanted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The second measure would have determined if city council would apply a sales tax to medical marijuana. The tax would have brought 3.5 percent of every sale back to the city.

The measures will be back in front of the council at the next public meeting, scheduled for July 12.

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