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Some members on Colorado Springs City Council argue city can't afford recreational pot measure on November ballot

By Eric Fink, Multimedia Journalist, eric.fink@krdo.com
Published On: Jun 22 2014 07:40:50 PM CDT

Pot groups favor voters deciding whether to legalize recreational sales on November ballot, some council members don't.

Colorado Springs, Colo. -

Voters may have approved Amendment 64 two years ago. But recreational marijuana could be on the ballot in Colorado Springs this November.

The Colorado Springs City Council will discuss whether or not to allow voters to decide whether or not recreational pot stores should exist in the city.

Pro pot groups say the people's voices need to be heard. However, city council knows it will cost the Springs too much money to put the measure on the ballot.  

"Our voices should be heard," recreation marijuana advocate Mark Slaugh said. "Elected representatives should be moving mountains to find a way to let people to choose whether to allow regulation, control and taxation of this substance in our communities."

Councilman Don Knight say it all comes down to money. Putting a marijuana initiative on the November ballot would cost the city more than $400,000.

"We only have $250,000 in our budget for anytime of election issue," Knight stated. "so, we're already short a $150,000 to $200,000 and money is already running tight this year."

Those who favor the legalization of pot in the Springs say marijuana is the ideal solution to help the city generate revenue to help pay for those elections and other necessities.

Mark Slaugh believes Colorado Springs has a math problem that doesn't add up.

"If we can't even afford to let people choose a vote on what we should bring in to afford things in the future, it's just sad," Slaugh said.

The Springs City Council already voted 5 to 4 against recreational pot sales last August.

Knight still opposes the recreational sale of the drug because he worries the marijuana will get in the hands of kids.

"Without legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs, that is already having an impact on our children," Knight said.

Council members could vote Tuesday to put off a marijuana ballot measure until next April when voters will go to the polls in citywide elections.

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