City residents killed MMJ ban



After analyzing the most detailed map available of how the city precincts voted on the November question of banning medical marijuana in unincorporated El Paso County, it's clear that — with small pockets of resistance — the city proper carried the day for MMJ.

Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, the west side and downtown all went hard against a ban of medical marijuana. Palmer Lake, the area just south of Calhan and portions of Fountain were also against a ban.

In strong support of the ban was Monument and its surrounding areas to the east, as well as north and east Colorado Springs. Parts of the unincorporated territories were also mildly in a favor of a ban. Within the the sea of anti-ban red were pockets of blue resistance: precinct 352, the area around Garden of the Gods, Coronado High School and the Garden of the Gods Club; precinct 141, bordering Constitution Avenue and North Murray Boulevard; and precinct 347, near Peterson Air Force Base and the Colorado Springs Airport.

Only two of the the five commissioners' districts voted in favor of a ban, and only one strongly. Former commissioner Wayne Williams' District 1 voted for a ban on MMJ 57 to 43 percent, and Amy Lathen's District 2 went for a ban 53 to 47 percent.

Sallie Clark's District 3 wanted MMJ to stay, voting 56 to 44 percent; Dennis Hisey's District 4, 53 to 47 percent; and former commissioner Jim Bensberg's District 5, 55 to 45 percent.

See the PDF file below for the full map.


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