With the passage last year of Amendment 64, Cities and counties around Colorado are deciding whether to allow recreational marijuana shops and grow operations within their boundaries. Denver City Council said yes. El Paso County said no. The city of Pueblo passed a moratorium, deciding, in effect, to decide later. Colorado Springs City Council discussed the question yesterday, and as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, no consensus emerged.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Council appears to be evenly split. Three members say they want regulations to allow retail operations, three favor a ban, and three didn’t declare how they plan to vote. Councilman Merv Bennett says the opposition of local military leaders, the police chief and the mayor, helped convince him a ban is the way to go. But Councilwoman Jill Gaebler says this is an opportunity for thoughtful regulation.

“I do understand there are concerns from different business interests in our city, but a the end of the day I believe it is so important to honor the voice and the vote of the people of Colorado Springs who voted to approve retail sales of marijuana.”

Council President Keith King says he’s leaning toward allowing pot sales, with reservations. He’s suggesting a moratorium to put the decision off for up to a year, or at least until Colorado voters decide in November on a marijuana sales tax. The council took no action at this informal session. The issue comes up again July 23. At that meeting, Council is also scheduled to consider a ban on cigarette smoking in city parks. Parks Director Karen Palus told council discarded butts are a litter problem and a fire hazard.

 

One Response to Colorado Springs Council Considers Marijuana Regulations

  1. […] Many Colorado cities have already decided on how they will approach the issue: Denver has approved retail sales, El Paso County has banned sales, and Pueblo has decided to kick the can down the road via a moratorium. On June 27th, the City of Colorado Springs held a public town hall meeting at city hall for concerned citizens and stakeholders to voice their opinion to City Council on this very matter. The consensus from the public seemed equally split, according to the Gazette. It also appears that our city council members are equally split on the issue as well, according to a news article released just today by KRCC. […]

News

Getty Images
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Executions had been set to resume next month after a 16-year pause. A federal judge halted the sentences as inmates challenge the government’s lethal injection protocol.
 

AP
November 21, 2019 | NPR · A lawsuit by 17 McDonald’s workers recounts threats, harassment and assaults, accusing the fast-food chain of “undermining safety” with late-night work, store design changes and inadequate training.
 

NPR
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Pollution and global warming are causing glaciers to melt and form unstable lakes in the north of the country. NPR visits a valley where farms were destroyed by glacial floods.
 

Arts & Life

Knopf Books for Young Readers
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Lance Rubin’s new novel follows an aspiring young comedian as she navigates the rough waters of romance, improv and her father’s failing health, with plenty of laughs to light the darker moments.
 

Pantheon
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Dexter Palmer’s new novel is based on the strange true story of a woman who confounded the medical and scientific establishments of 18th century England by claiming she’d given birth to rabbits.
 

Walt Disney Animation Studios
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Her credits include Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia. Now, Jennifer Lee is the first female chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios — oh, and she co-directed the Frozen sequel.
 

Music

West Virginia Public Broadcasting
November 21, 2019 | WVPB · On the band’s fourth appearance on Mountain Stage since 2011, The Steel Wheels showcases its continued roots exploration with six new songs from its seventh album, Over The Trees.
 

Courtesy of the Artist
November 21, 2019 | NPR · We introduce the world to a Brazilian artist you should know along with some musical surprises full of fun and innovation.
 

WireImage
November 21, 2019 | NPR · Beloved, but gone — when it comes to our favorite artists, the assumption is that more is always better. But what effect do these patchworked releases have on their legacies?
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab