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Green Mountain Falls nixes retail pot as recall talk mounts

By: Alison Noon alison.noon@gazette.com
July 17, 2013 Updated: July 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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Green Mountain Falls will remain marijuana-free, officials concluded Tuesday night amid mounting disapproval of the town board.

The Board of Trustees voted 5-1 in favor of an ordinance prohibiting marijuana operations and cultivation, board member and Mayor Pro Tem Jane Newberry said.

The board owed the decision to "unknowns" in how Amendment 64 will shake out, Newberry said, but also because of the town's small size.

"According to the state you can't be too close to a school or too close to a government building," Newberry said of marijuana retailers. "We're really sort of land-locked when it comes to that."

Tyler Stevens cast the lone "nay" against the ban, Newberry said.

Of seven board members, Stevens and Mayor Lorrie Worthey are the only two safe from a recall effort being pushed by a handful of Green Mountain Falls residents.

Judy Wiedner, who has lived in the town for 64 years, is leading the effort against the Board of Trustees. She charged that the board has a history of disregarding citizens' wishes, and recent news that the officials are considering discharging the town marshal in favor of county or private law enforcement was the last straw.

Wiedner is in the process of drafting a recall petition similar to the one verified against Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs. After the language of the Morse recall petition was challenged in June, Wiedner said she is taking care to include all of the necessary wording.

"It should be ready soon," Wiedner said in her only hint on the petition's timeline.

At the second weekly citizens meeting in downtown Green Mountain Falls, Newberry watched on Sunday as Wiedner and 21 other residents laid out their plan to recall five board members. Newberry said she was unaware at the time that she was one of them.

"I actually felt no pressure to defend myself," Newberry said of the Sunday talk.

Newberry said she was not surprised her name would be included on a recall list.

It was unclear how much the citizens meeting represented the sentiment of the 600 people in Green Mountain Falls.

The five board members on Wiedner's list are Newberry, Margaret Peterson, Ralph LoCasio, Howard Price and Mac Pitrone.

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