Westword reviews on the newest from the elections (re hashish) in Colorado.
welve cities voted on marijuana gross sales or tax points (or each) this week. Unofficial outcomes present that eight communities accepted permitting retail pot companies inside their borders, whereas two cities rejected that risk, and two extra okayed particular gross sales taxes on business marijuana transactions.
Most of the cities voting on business marijuana proposals had been small, however three had been in metro Denver, and out of doors hotspots Winter Park and Buena Vista thought of pot poll initiatives, as properly.
Here’s how these marijuana votes went:
After solely permitting medical marijuana gross sales for a decade, Lakewood will quickly allow leisure marijuana gross sales; there are at the moment 9 medical dispensaries within the city of over 158,000 individuals. Lakewood City Council can be answerable for ironing out native laws, akin to hours of operation, for the leisure marijuana companies.
Just beneath 66 p.c of Lakewood’s voters accepted an ordinance permitting current medical marijuana companies, new pot shops and rising operations to use for leisure licenses, in line with unofficial results from Jefferson County that present 99 p.c of ballots have been counted.
The identical group pushing leisure marijuana in Lakewood spearheaded a marketing campaign in Littleton. Littleton City Council can be answerable for crafting native laws — however in contrast to Lakewood’s measure, the Littleton ordinance will solely enable the city’s three present medical marijuana dispensaries to use for leisure gross sales.
Littleton’s unofficial results at the moment present that 65 p.c of voters have accepted the ordinance.
Earlier this yr, Broomfield City Council determined to let a moratorium banning leisure marijuana dispensaries and grows expire. However, to ensure that hashish companies to function, the city should have a tax system in place — and beneath the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the brand new gross sales tax needed to be accepted by Broomfield voters.
With greater than 90 p.c of the ballots counted, unofficial results from the City and County of Broomfield present that over 58.5 p.c of voters accepted the gross sales tax, a four p.c charge on leisure pot merchandise. (Because of an error within the poll measure’s language that incorrectly predicted the utmost quantity of tax income that retail marijuana gross sales would earn, the precise tax income haul can be capped at $2.2 million yearly in the course of the first fiscal yr of gross sales.)
Residents of Winter Park didn’t vote on whether or not to permit business marijuana inside their borders — the pot trade stays banned from the favored ski city — however almost 65 p.c of Winter Park voters accepted a measure putting a 5 p.c gross sales tax on retail marijuana if the city ever goes to pot. Until the city council opts into the marijuana trade, although, there can be no dispensaries in Winter Park.
According to the Sky-Hi News, the Winter Park City Council will talk about the opportunity of welcoming marijuana gross sales (something the council has shunned previously) throughout a November 17 assembly.
Buena Vista solely permits medical marijuana gross sales proper now, with one dispensary at the moment working. But the city’s Board of Trustees revisited the difficulty as a technique to acquire extra tax income, and put leisure marijuana on the poll.
According to unofficial results from Chaffee County (the place over 90 p.c of votes have been counted thus far), simply over 55 p.c of Buena Vista voters have accepted an ordinance that will enable leisure marijuana gross sales within the in style vacation spot city. A separate native poll initiative regarding a proposed marijuana gross sales tax was extra profitable, gaining virtually 66 p.c of the vote; estimates predict the city would see about $125,000 in additional annual income from the 5 p.c retail pot-sales tax.
Although a number of cities in close by Boulder and Larimer counties have dispensaries, retail marijuana is far tougher to seek out in Weld County, the place Garden City is the one city with pot retailers. A city of simply over 8,000 in Weld County, Fort Lupton is now on tempo to permit each medical and leisure marijuana companies, with over 59 p.c of voters approving an ordinance permitting retail pot.
Another poll measure, for a 3.1 p.c marijuana gross sales tax, was additionally profitable, with greater than 55 p.c of Fort Lupton voters approving the tax.
Right on the steps of the Grand Mesa, Cedaredge is a Delta County city of fewer than 3,000 residents. The small agricultural group selected so as to add another business harvest to the combo, with over 56 p.c of its voters approving an ordinance that opens up the city to the medical and leisure marijuana industries. Voters additionally accepted a 5 p.c marijuana gross sales tax on retail merchandise, which the city predicts will herald $100,000 in tax income in the course of the first fiscal yr of gross sales.
Delta County noticed two cities approve business marijuana on election day: Over 65 p.c of voters in Paonia, a city of fewer than 1,500 identified for different kinds of harvests, accepted an ordinance that enables medical and leisure marijuana companies on the town. Paonia voters additionally accepted a $5 tax that can be added to every retail marijuana transaction; the following income is anticipated to achieve $200,000 in the course of the first fiscal yr, in line with the poll initiative.
Voters in Romeo had been divided on whether or not to carry business marijuana to the city, a small outpost of about 400 individuals off Highway 285. But the measure proposing the pot trade seems to be profitable, in line with unofficial outcomes from Conejos County, which at the moment present 73 votes in favor and 70 votes in opposition.
Dinosaur, a city bordering Utah and Dinosaur National Monument, already permits leisure dispensaries. Now, unofficial outcomes from Moffat County present over 58 p.c of its voters have accepted a gross sales tax enhance from 5 to 10 p.c on marijuana — a transfer that the city predicts will safe an additional $1 million in tax income in the course of the first fiscal yr.
Not each city in Colorado noticed voters approve marijuana gross sales. Kiowa was one among two that rejected measures proposing a neighborhood marijuana trade. Over 62 p.c of voters within the city of fewer than 800 individuals rejected the measure, in line with Elbert County’s unofficial results, whereas 55 p.c rejected a poll initiative for a 12 p.c marijuana gross sales tax.
Over 60 p.c of voters in Eckley, a city of fewer than 300 individuals in Yuma County, rejected a poll initiative that will have repealed a neighborhood ban on retail marijuana shops, cultivations, testing services and different pot companies.