Loveland to put marijuana on the ballot

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Loveland voters will decide whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to continue operation in the city.

Loveland City Council voted 7-2 this week to put an item on November’s ballot that would prohibit the operation of medical marijuana centers, optional premise cultivations and manufacturers of medical marijuana-infused products. Council also considered imposing the ban itself but opted to put it to voters.

In November, council implemented a moratorium on any additional medical marijuana centers. There are now 14 medical marijuana businesses with in-city sales tax licenses in Loveland. From April 2009 through May of this year, they reported more than $1.8 million in taxable sales, which resulted in $54,565 in sales tax collections for the city.

In 2000, Colorado voters passed Amendment 20 allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana in the state. While the statewide vote was 53.7 percent in favor, Larimer County voters actually nixed the amendment by a very slim margin – 58,535 voted yes and 58,558 voted no.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2,844 licensed medical marijuana patients – 9 percent of the total patients in the state – were registered in Larimer County as of Nov. 30.