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Colorado Springs City Council set for final vote on marijuana club moratorium

By: The Gazette
October 10, 2015 Updated: October 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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The Colorado Springs City Council is pushing to enact a six-month moratorium on new marijuana consumption clubs, and will issue a final vote on Tuesday.

Amendment 64, which state voters passed in November 2012, legalized recreational marijuana use and sales. Although Colorado Springs voters approved Amendment 64 by 4,947 votes, the City Council voted 5-4 in 2013 to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.

On Sept. 22, the City Council voted 8-1 to impose the moratorium on cannabis social clubs, which allow customers to use marijuana on the premises - similar to drinking alcohol at a bar. Councilwoman Helen Collins cast the dissenting vote.

Tuesday's vote on the club moratorium will take place during the council's regular meeting beginning at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

Councilman Don Knight pushed the proposal after a constituent called about a marijuana club going into a strip mall in their district, Knight said. When he learned that the city has no permit process for such clubs, Knight had an ordinance written. The moratorium will give the city time to write regulations and create a permit process for the social clubs.

A city spokeswoman said the moratorium ordinance, if it passes, would be retroactive to Sept. 22. Attorney Robert Corry, who represents a local cannabis social club, said the law cannot be enforced retroactively.

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