Colorado Springs Election 2015: Readers wants to know stance on recreational … – Colorado Springs Gazette
The way Andreas Nilsson sees it, Colorado Springs voters favored Amendment 64 and sent a message that they wanted recreational marijuana sales in the city.
He feels that the Colorado Springs City Council has thumbed its nose at the voters by banning the sale of marijuana for recreational use.”I want to know where the candidates stand on upholding the wishes of voters regarding recreational marijuana sales,” he said.Nilsson was among 20 citizens who joined the Gazette’s editors and reporters in January for reader forums to talk about the issues important to them in the April 7 municipal election.Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in November 2013; in Colorado Springs, voters approved the law by 4,947 votes. The state law allows adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow six marijuana plants on their property. The law says that cities can regulate the sale of marijuana for recreational use like it does alcohol sales. But Amendment 64 also says that cities can opt out of recreational sales.In July 2013, the City Council voted 5-4 to opt out, or ban the sale of recreational marijuana. Since then, the council twice considered whether it would ask voters if they wanted the city to allow recreational marijuana sales, but there was not enough support on the council to get a question on the ballot.With the possibility of electing five new City Council members in April, Nilsson wants to know from the at-large and District 2 candidates: Would you vote to allow the city to regulate recreational marijuana sales like it does alcohol?Here are the responses from the at-large candidates:Yolanda Avila, 59, a retired criminal defense investigator, said she would vote to regulate marijuana sales. “Responsible adults need to be able to choose their recreation, legally,” she said. “There is a black market that is not regulated and, I think, is far more dangerous and is what impacts youth. The state saw $700 million in revenue, and we didn’t get any of the tax revenue, and it doesn’t make sense to not get the tax revenue.”Merv Bennett, 66, a retired executive from Pikes Peak YMCA and … – Click Here To Visit Article Source