Council to get direction about retail marijuana

K.C. Stark, a consultant with Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs on west Colorado Avenue, holds a medical marijuana bud.

K.C. Stark, a consultant with Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs on west Colorado Avenue, holds a medical marijuana bud.

Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13.

City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to regulate retail marijuana sales.

El Paso County has already banned retail marijuana sales in its unincorporated areas. Douglas County has done the same thing. Aurora, according to the Denver Post, is considering getting into the business – becoming the exclusive grower and seller of recreational marijuana, without worrying about regulations in the private sector. Under the proposed ordinance, the city would run 15 retail marijuana stores. It’s the only city in the state currently considering the option, the Post said.

Formerly called the informal meeting, work sessions start at 1 p.m. in City Council chambers. Apparently, the new procedure under leadership of Council President Keith King, is to start with a closed session. The meeting will open to the public around 2 p.m., according to a press release from the city.

 

13 Responses to Council to get direction about retail marijuana

  1. I encourage the Council to ban marijuana sales for the entire county including all incorporated areas. Marijuana is inconsistent with our military missions here. It is inconsistent with healthy families. It will generate theft from people addicted to it. It will act as a bridge to bigger drug problems. It will encourage the relocation of drug addicts to our community. It is inconsistent with the operation of any machinery including automobiles. It DOES damage and ultimately destroy lives. So for the sake of the community and also for the sake of people who may be just a little too weak to keep from becoming a drug user, we need to keep marijuana out. As an alternative, I recommend our citizens exercise, hike, ski, and bike to get a natural high!

    Stan VanderWerf
    May 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  2. Re: “Apparently, the new procedure under leadership of Council President Keith King, is to start with a closed session.” This new procedure was set in place by the previous Council as part of the amended Council Rules & Procedures that were set in place in April.

    Vicki
    May 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  3. Its going to be interesting to see what they have to come up with to regulate marijuana sales. Enforcing those regulations is going to be even trickier. More power to El Paso and Douglas county for making a stand, and banning retail marijuana!

    Noah Parks
    May 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  4. We need retail dispensarys. Without them everyone will be growing their own, I’d much rather people buy their herb from the store than turn the neighborhood into a giant grow. And i’m getting tired of hearing about the “horrors” of marijuana from the fake drug warriors. I don’t smoke pot but ill tell you right now, listening to a bunch of hypocrites with beer in their fridge, pills in their medicine cabinet, coffee in their cup, complain about “drug abuse” is a little nauseating. Worry about your own bad habits, they are far worse than pot. Watching drug addicts complain about other drug addicts, what a circus.

    Joey
    May 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  5. Stan let me correct a couple of the misconceptions you have brought forth as fact when in actuality they are your opinion.

    Marijuana may be inconsistent with our military missions here, however alcohol is more so. Prohibition has not been effective for either alcohol or marijuana. Marijuana tends to promote passiveness, where alcohol tends to breed aggression. So maybe alcohol is more in line with the aggression desired of military personnel. Nobody is forcing military members to consume marijuana. But if they want it, nobody currently has a problem with finding it. It is simply a matter of marijuana regulation and taxation through licensed and inspected retailers, or black market sales supporting gangs and the Mexican Cartels. Seems like a simple choice.

    Alcohol is linked more with domestic violence and abuse than marijuana. Nobody smokes a joint then flies into a drunken rage. Given that fact, I have reservations buying into your “destruction of families” connected to marijuana use. 20% of the general populace regularly consumes Marijuana. They would just be buying if from a store is the only difference. The PROHIBITION of Marijuana has destroyed more lives than the plant ever will. Think about that one for a second or two.

    You said,”Marijuana will generate theft from people addicted to it. ” Prohibitionists also said that when Medical Marijuana was coming online. Flat out, it did not happen. It did not happen because Marijuana has been proven to be LESS addictive than caffeine. People do enjoy marijuana like a nice glass of wine. However people won’t be driven to steal to support their habit like with addictions of Meth and Heroin.

    You said, “It will act as a bridge to bigger drug problems.” This one so outdated and wrong I won’t put the effort out here if you are still clinging to it.

    “It will encourage the relocation of drug addicts to our community.” People that consume marijuana are already here. They always have been. 20% of the adult population in fact. Look at 5 people in public. One of them smokes pot. They aren’t a drug addict. Most are productive members of our society.

    “It is inconsistent with the operation of any machinery including automobiles.” Yep, I’m pretty sure everybody will agree with you there. Alcohol and prescription drugs are the same. Just because it is

    “It DOES damage and ultimately destroy lives.” No, it doesn’t. It’s the prohibition that ruins lives. Kids get caught with pot and can’t get student loans or jobs. Employees test hot for marijuana after consuming off the job and lose their jobs. Consumption on probation sends people back into the prison system. etc etc. Not one person has died from overdosing on marijuana, ever. You can’t even say that about aspirin or even water!

    “As an alternative, I recommend our citizens exercise, hike, ski, and bike to get a natural high!” Most marijuana users do just that…

    In summary, Marijuana is here and has always has been. We are just now making decisions to license, regulate, and tax just like your precious beer.

    (And for the record, no I don’t smoke Marijuana)

    Citizen80919
    May 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  6. Hey Stan,this is MY America too.And Unlike the Military,I was born here,this is my permanent home.Why don’t you respect the will of the voters and MY rights too?Now you might understand why we passively stand back and let the State Legislation run over YOUR rights for awhile.Hows it feel?

    Troy
    May 10, 2013 at 7:28 am

  7. This could have interesting implications for the future. The county has a past history of either ignoring the will of the voters (term limits) or just bypassing them (certificates of participation to fund jail-courthouse expansion). City, in the past has been much more disciplined in running by the ballot box decisions. I fear the new council will vote to ban marijuana thus sending a message out that this community is less “business friendly” than what the Thumbtack Survey, with it’s 23 respondents from Cspgs, indicated. Business Friendly would seem to be borne out by the number of new firms that have chosen Cspgs. They are few. The fact that local government does not follow the vote – coupled with tax rates too low to meet infrastructure needs – and the instability surrounding Utilities created by the Mayor may have yet a further negative impact on new firms coming to the region to put the unemployed to work.

    Military and Social Security Checks may not prevent some sort of municipal financial re-organization as some have speculated will be necessary as soon as 2016. The one bright spot: economic failure often runs short-term thinking officials out of office with a new generation of long-term planners coming in. Is this new council “Long Term’ planners?

    Staci Lynne Holdt
    May 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

  8. “For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It’s not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it’s been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.” ~from http://www.diigo.com/annotated/1bcf41fb7b062ef71a082e10183212a6 Why is Marijuana Illegal

    Voter 80918
    May 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

  9. Staci, since when has Colorado Springs City Council been “disciplined in running by the ballot box decisions?” Do you recall the $64 million USOC debt, or the Stormwater “fee?” How about last Council’s decision to increase electric rates for the sake of solar gardens? Thankfully, the new Council rescinded this latest decision, but really, the City is more attuned to voters wishes than the County? Get a grip, dear.

    Mike Hunt
    May 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

  10. @Citizen80919>>> Reasonable and well stated.

    Jim Flannery
    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  11. We’re all smart and saavy business people here. With legalization comes legal demand and supply. As stated very well here by others, supply and demand for the cannabis plant dates back to the cradle of civilization.

    What is more detrimental to families and the community is the continuance of a black market to conduct cannabis production and distribution. Without a legal commercial model for your beer and wine, many of us would be making bathtub hooch at home. Right now, this is legal without sale and many of us know friends who brew beer or wine; but they cannot sell these products without proper licenses.

    The point of regulation is control and in the second largest City in Colorado; this is a primary point because people can, and will, grow and distribute more marijuana in our neighborhoods without legal commercial access for a legal substance.

    Like it or not, marijuana is not up for debate. The voters have spoken and the smart decision is to regulate it as the voters intended. If Colorado Springs bans, we worsen our crime, burden our limited law enforcement even more, and collect NO taxes, make NO jobs, create NO economic development.

    The military, children, and other hyped-up concerns are mitigated through responsible rules and regulation on supply and demand. These issues become worse if City Council opts out of control and encourages Cartels over Coloradans.

    Mark Slaugh
    May 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  12. Leave it it Aurora to become greedy and possibly allow recreational so they can profit, previously banning
    medical? What’s wrong with this picture?!!!

    Audrey Hatfield
    May 17, 2013 at 7:47 am

  13. Hey elected officials, remember who you work for and have to listen to. At least the last Council seemed to listen and act like they cared what the voters had to say. Council, you cant ignore the choice of the citizens who uses voting power to enact their will. Whether you like it or not, the people have spoken. Your job is to just regulate it to keep everyone safe and accountable.

    Dale Heeven Jr.
    May 17, 2013 at 8:55 am