Manitou Springs voters may get to decide whether retail marijuana shops should be banned in town.
A group that opposes the sale of retail marijuana in Manitou says it has collected twice as many signatures as it needs to get its question on the ballot.
The group Citizens for No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs says it turned the petitions in to the city clerk on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Campaign Manager Tim Haas said in a news release that the measure isn't about passing moral judgment. "We simply believe that the residents and businesses of Manitou Springs should not be the litmus test and the only community in the Pikes Peak Region to sell retail marijuana at least until there is more knowledge about the impacts on communities who sell retail marijuana," Haas said.
The group says that the city clerk has ten days to determine whether a sufficient number of valid signatures were collected to get the question on the ballot.
Below is a copy of the ballot language that is currently being proposed by the group.
Proposed Ballot Question
RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES QUESTION
AS PERMITTED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(5), SHALL THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES AS DEFINED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(2) BY ENACTING AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MANITOU SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, LEAVING INTACT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS PROVIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII, SECTION 14?