Poll: Majority of Springs City Council support residents voting on recreational pot shops

Published: Jul. 24, 2017 at 7:56 AM MDT
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A majority of city council members in Colorado Springs say they support putting recreational marijuana sales to a citywide vote.

City Council President Richard Skorman says the voters deserve a chance to decide this matter for themselves. An informal poll by our partners at The Gazette reveal five other council members -- a majority -- feel the same.

This puts them directly at odds with Mayor John Suthers, however, who says pot has no place in a city with the strong ties to the military and Olympics that Colorado Springs has. He told The Gazette approving recreational pot would be a blow to the Springs' reputation.

"Getting high for fun doesn't fit in with that very well. I would not be happy."

But Skorman countered that voters deserve a say.

"We need to have a big community discussion. The majority of the voters here did support it," Skorman told The Gazette.

Marijuana has been in the forefront of city leaders' discussions of late, with Suthers and others taking part in a

over Colorado's pot industry. Details of the meeting have remained largely hush-hush, but Suthers reportedly briefed the agencies on the dangers he's seen since marijuana became legal.

Right now there is no official ballot measure being discussed for recreational pot in Colorado Springs.