The majority of Colorado Springs voters thought Amendment 64 was a pretty neat idea, one they wouldn't mind seeing implemented in their own city, and went ahead and passed it last November. Then a majority of City Councilors figured they better listen to all these scary-sounding conservative types protecting the innocent virtue of our military's soldiers, not to mention its money, and tell the majority of local voters to go to hell.
Now we're left with the semi-interesting scenario of being asked to vote in November on a tax increase that won't affect anyone in Colorado Springs, at least until the ban on recreational sales is repealed. Wouldn't it be a lark if the TABOR-ites prevailed in sinking Proposition AA simply on principle?
Speaking of principle, our city and county governments may not want the marijuana money, but a whole lot of other people do. And with the federal government saying it will essentially leave Colorado and Washington alone, they're coming out of the woodwork.
For instance, California-based ArcView Investor Network held an investment meeting in Denver at the end of September, with multiple Colorado companies locking up millions in capital. According to the Denver Post, ArcView CEO Troy Dayton called our state's sea of green "the next great American industry."
Which is not to say that we're left out in the cold simply because we've kept the medical designation in front of our marijuana. We may just bypass City Hall and look straight toward Manitou Springs and Pueblo County for leadership and innovation on the issue. That's how it goes around here, sometimes.
So enjoy our latest issue of ReLeaf, wherein we bring you information on MMJ centers in the Pikes Peak region, not to mention stories on growing, vaping and, because we're masochists at heart, a look at all the places that have banned the recreational bud.To see the full map, click here.
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