Retail marijuana ballot measure in Colorado Springs meets opposition from MMJ
Colorado Springs Cannabis Association opposes a retail marijuana ballot measure Colorado Springs City Council plans to review on Monday to consider whether to refer it to voters for the Nov. 3 election.
In a July 23 letter to Council, the association notes the measure would limit new retail mariiuana licenses to 24, which, if approved, would “destroy the existing medical marijuana business model, and put in grave risk over 80% of our current businesses and employees.”
Moreover, such limitations “upends existing free market dynamics, forces City Council to pick winners and losers in an established business environment, punishes entrepreneurship, penalizes individual investment in the community, and fails to honor the cap that council placed on marijuana stores in 2017.”
Currently, there are 118 medical marijuana stores in Colorado Springs, and CSCA spokesman Brett Moore says they’d like to be able to convert their license to retail, rather than duke it out with one another to fight over a limited number of licenses.
Ideally, he says, CSCA would like to see the city OK dual licensing. “That’s as simple as having a medical license and a retail license on the wall,” he says, noting “It’s being done all over the state with little fanfare and little problems, and that’s basic.”
But given the proposal Council is set to consider on Monday would limit retail licenses to a mere two dozen, Moore says, “We would rather have no measure than a bad measure.”
Retail advocates have been trying for years to bring a measure to voters.…Original Source: Colorado Springs Independent