"We definitely try to set ourselves apart," she said. "When we advertise, we avoid all the skinny little girls with pot leaves on their chest -- the things that don't say 'medicinal' -- and try to stay away from all the negative stereotypes that fall onto our industry."
Now, Loughman would like to add recreational sales to the mix. But two linked ballot measures that would have allowed such a transition appeared to fall short during Tuesday's election. KJCT reports the current tally at 525 for, 529 against -- a difference of four votes.But that's not the final word.
According to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, eighteen votes from Palisade remain unopened because of questions regarding signatures. Either they lack such scrawls entirely or there's another discrepancy.
These ballots aren't simply being tossed or disregarded. Instead, each of the eighteen voters is being contacted in an effort to "cure" the ballots -- meaning to get them up to legal specifications.The impacted voters have until November 12 to respond. After that, the properly cured ballots will be opened and counted, and the resulting tally will either allow recreational marijuana sales in Palisade, as in Manitou Springs, or prohibit it, as is the case with communities such as Ouray and Lakewood.
Continue to see the KJCT report about the delayed count.
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