Douglas County voters overwhelmingly approved local measures prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in their areas. Douglas County, Lone Tree and …
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Douglas County voters overwhelmingly approved local measures
prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in their areas.
Douglas County, Lone Tree and Castle Pines North all put the
medical marijuana question to voters this year, and about 61
percent of the 70,300 votes cast by those in unincorporated Douglas
County were in favor of prohibiting the businesses.
Out of the nearly 4,230 votes cast in Lone Tree, more than 68
percent were opposed to medical marijuana shops and cultivation
facilities in the city. About 80 percent of 4,600 votes counted in
Castle Pines North were in favor of prohibition.
Dawn Martin, a mother of two who voted at the Wildlife
Experience on Election Day, said she does not want businesses that
might attract questionable clientele near her neighborhood.
“It’s really a question of what’s right for each community and
this doesn’t seem like the right place for it to me,” she said.
The medical marijuana issue has polarized some members of the
community. Advocates say many dispensary owners are law-abiding
citizens who want to start a business through legal means. Others
have pointed to the potential tax benefits that could be generated
by the sale of marijuana. Amendment 20, which allows medical
marijuana use in Colorado, was passed by voters in 2000.
Opponents say dispensaries send the wrong message to kids and
creates a potentially dangerous environment in otherwise low-key
Earlier this year, Douglas County and Lone Tree officials
enacted temporary moratoriums on medical marijuana establishments
as state lawmakers wrestled with regulations for the growing
industry. Castle Rock voted to ban dispensaries, but that vote is
Lone Tree councilwoman Susan Squyer said she would be interested
to see how local voters would weigh in on the subject.
"We want to do what the citizens want,” she said.
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