Aug 21, 2013 10:34 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Manitou delays decision on recreational marijuana

Manitou Springs City Council on Tuesday night delayed approving retail marijuana stores in town until the end of the year. This is when voters will have made a decision on how recreation marijuana will be taxed.

All together there were 7 ordinances on the agenda pertaining to the sale of recreational marijuana, all very complicated and heavily discussed. Of those 7 ordinances, two passed. One that will put a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana until a vote is taken by the city council in December and another that will put a question on the November ballot, asking whether or not to impose up to a 10 percent city sales tax on the sale of recreational marijuana if council approves sales in December.

"I knew that different councilers had different heartfelt issues on these beliefs and and it's a very tough issue. And different wards had different votes percentages, and all of these factors and many many more go into making these tough decisions," said Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder.

As of now, no city in El Paso County has approved sales or recreational marijuana. The county has also opted out, banning all sales of recreational pot.



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