After nearly a decade of legal recreational marijuana possession in Colorado, voters in Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake and Cripple Creek will decide if it’s time to allow sales in each locale.
Proponents promise a bump in tax revenues, while opponents argue the social costs are too high.
Palmer Lake and Cripple Creek officials say the tax revenue from recreational marijuana is badly needed to cover costs, such as roads. Conversely, the Colorado Springs City Council passed a resolution last week opposing recreational marijuana sales, urging residents to consider the potential harm of marijuana and how such sales could jeopardize the town’s national reputation as a desirable place to live.
As campaigns enter the final weeks, some medical marijuana business owners in Colorado Springs are anxiously awaiting a decision that could financially save them after a change in state law.
“The city needs to know the businesses are literally hanging on by a thread in the Springs. … So rec would turn it around,” said Ryan McGuire, owner of Zipz, a local dispensary.
A law passed in 2021, House Bill 21-1317, aimed to address concerns around high-potency marijuana and introduced limits on how much medical marijuana concentrate can be purchased in one day, revising the limit down from 40 grams to 8 grams, among other changes. Recreational marijuana stores already…