Organizers of a ballot initiative to allow recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs say they’ve moved to the signature-gathering phase now that the City Title Board has accepted their petition.
Your Choice Colorado Springs has ninety days to collect around 33,000 signatures. The effort, announced in January, hit a snag last month after the city clerk’s office warned that the original petition could trigger a special election because it was submitted two weeks too early for the November ballot. The petition was re-submitted in February; if the signature drive is successful, the measure will appear on the November 8 election ballot.
Colorado Springs allows around 120 medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits, but the Colorado Springs City Council banned recreational pot sales in 2013, the year after Coloradans legalized recreational marijuana and the year before retail dispensaries opened. Multiple attempts to get the council to approve recreational sales in the city have failed since then, so Your Choice Colorado Springs is now going the election route.
“The citizens of Colorado’s second-largest city finally have it within their power to direct taxes from recreational cannabis sales back to their hometown, rather than to cities like Denver and Manitou Springs,” says Your Choice campaign