Eighteen Disputed Ballots to Decide if One Colorado Town Will Allow Rec Pot


From KJCT coverage.

Last week, Manitou Springs, Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana sales in their town, while residents of other communities turned thumbs-down. The folks in Palisade, on Colorado’s Western Slope, are somewhere in-between on the issue, at least for now. A recreational-pot measure appeared to narrowly lose, but that result could be reversed depending on what happens with eighteen disputed ballots. Photos, video and details below.

Many communities on the Western Slope, including Grand Junction, have nixed marijuana outlets, be they medical or recreational. However, Palisade has long been an outlier. Back in 2011, we reported about the town’s rejection of an MMJ ban that would have nixed its only dispensary, Colorado Alternative Health Care. Desa Loughman, CAHC’s owner, suggested at the time that her business received support because of its low-key approach.
“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.
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