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Manitou moves on RMJ

Despite the majority opinion of a capacity crowd packing Venue 515, last Tuesday, Manitou Springs City Council directed city staff to move forward with drafting an ordinance allowing for up to two recreational-marijuana stores in the small town.

There wasn't exactly a vote, but five of seven Councilors supported the move. Matt Carpenter and Gary Smith hoped to place the question on an upcoming ballot for a city vote, something that still might happen considering the signature-gathering efforts of a cannabis-opposing organization.

In closing comments that came around midnight, Mayor Marc Snyder said that he technically supported citizen input, but that the issue was decided with an Aug. 20 vote of the Council. "You know, the hardest part of being on a Council is being able to accept when you're on the losing end of a vote, and I only see two options: You can either find a way to get behind the majority, or you can shut up and get out of the way," he said during a memorable nine-minute speech that you can hear in full at

City Clerk Donna Kast says she's not sure when the ordinance will come up for an official vote, but "[doesn't] anticipate it will be anytime soon."

One more time

Last Thursday, Every Vote Counts, the group formed in the wake of Colorado Springs City Council's decision to opt out of allowing RMJ stores, held its first large-scale community meeting. Around 60 people filled a private dining space at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, where cannabis advocate Mark Slaugh led the crowd through identifying problems with the stores and related mitigation strategies.

It's all part of an effort to have City Council place a question on the upcoming ballot for the city to vote on — a real possibility, said Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, who along with state Rep. Pete Lee and state Senate candidate Michael Merrifield, attended the meeting.

"I think there is potential to bring it back to Council to put it on the ballot, and not have to go through the hassle of getting signatures," she tells the Indy. "I would love to think that my Councilmembers were democratic enough to give people the chance to at least vote."

Keef crumbs

• Join Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights for a fundraising CD-release party for Cannabis Cares Volume I, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd., Tickets are $5 to $10.

• Help comically roast the Weed Pimp cousins at Pimp Slapped! at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., 445-9083).


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