Through his Facebook page, City Councilor Darryl Glenn is saying he's "decided to introduce a resolution in my capacity as the Colorado Springs District 2 City Council representative to refer a question regarding medical marijuana dispensaries to the electorate ..."
In this week's "CannaBiz," we spoke with Mayor Lionel Rivera and Councilor Sean Paige who both said that a Council referral would have very little chance at success.
"My read is that a majority of this Council probably won't refer a ban to the ballot," Paige said. "I think most on this City Council understand that this is a constitutionally protected right that we're just going to have to deal with and find a way to accommodate."
After several months of consultations with my constituents and other governmental entity representatives within El Paso County, I have decided to introduce a resolution in my capacity as the Colorado Springs District 2 City Council representative to refer a question regarding Medical Marijuana dispensaries to the electors of the City of Colorado Springs on the November 2, 2010 General Election ballot.
On Monday August 23, I will request that City Council refer a ballot question of whether medical marijuana centers, infused products, manufacturers and optional premises cultivation operations as defined in C.R.S. section 12-43.3-104 shall be prohibited and required to cease operations in Colorado Springs, sixty (60) days after the certification of the November 2, 2010 General Election.
The issue of whether medical marijuana centers, infused products, manufacturers and optional premises cultivation operations as defined in C.R.S. section 12-43.3-104 falls within the constitutional protection of this amendment have generated passionate arguments in support of and against this model within our community. The Colorado Legislature's passage and the Governor signing House Bill 10-1284, specifically authorized our citizens the right to vote on whether to implement a medical marijuana dispensary model to serve in conjunction with the constitutionally protected patient/caregiver model.
It's my position that our citizens should be afforded the opportunity to not only debate the merits and concerns regarding the medical marijuana dispensary model, but to ultimately vote on whether this model serves the best interests of Colorado Springs and it's citizens.
Colorado Springs District #2