Although not the hot topic it once was on election day in Colorado, legal cannabis still appeared on several ballots across the state on Tuesday, November 7. Amendment 64, the proposal that voters passed in November 2012 legalizing adult-use cannabis in Colorado, also gave municipalities and counties the option of deciding whether or not to allow pot businesses within their jurisdictions. Three rural communities voted on just that this week.
The industry was dealt a split-decision loss after two municipalities voted against allowing retail and medical marijuana stores within their borders, though both voted in favor of cannabis taxes should the businesses be permitted in the future. And potrepreneurs did get a small victory in Rocky Ford, a town in southeastern Colorado — a relatively bare region of the state for cannabis businesses.
Voters in at least a dozen other towns, cities and counties considered cannabis business and sales-tax proposals, with the vast majority passing. Here are the issues and the results.
Votes on whether to allow marijuana businesses:
Allow medical marijuana stores
Allow retail marijuana stores
5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana sales
Allow medical and retail marijuana sales
18 percent excise tax on medical and retail marijuana business, with 1 percent earmarked for police and 1 percent for capital improvement
Allow recreational marijuana sales
6 percent sales tax on retail marijuana sales
Votes on tax issues:
7 percent sales and excise tax, earmarked for youth activities and services, streets, public safety and parks and recreation
5 percent excise tax to fund public safety
5 percent sales tax on medical marijuana
5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana; repeal occupation tax
2.5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana; 2.5 percent excise tax; repeal occupation tax
5 percent excise tax to fund regulation, drug education and prevention of youth consumption
5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana
Log Lane Village
3.5 percent excise tax increase (to a new total of 5 percent)
3 percent sales tax with portion earmarked for affordable housing
5 percent excise tax on marijuana sales for public safety
5 percent excise tax to fund wild waters pool, parks, code enforcement and youth activities
Up to 5 percent excise tax and 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana for mental-health and substance-abuse services and other county needs
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5 percent excise tax on retail marijuana for the county general fund
Vote on other marijuana matters:
Amend the City Code with regard to medical marijuana ordinances without requiring voter approval.