Medical marijuana headed for ballot
July 15, 2010
As it stands, the towns of Fraser and Granby and possibly the Grand County will have medical marijuana questions on the ballot for the November election.
Granby board members agreed on Tuesday to let the voters decide whether medical marijuana centers, cultivation operations and marijuana-infused products could be located within town boundaries.
In another proposed ballot question, the Town of Granby may ask voters whether marijuana sales should have an additional 5 percent sales tax tacked on, if voters approve the first question.
Even if voters vote down the marijuana question, card-carrying medical marijuana patients and their caregivers will be able to possess marijuana under the state’s constitution.
Since ballot questions are not certified until Sept. 3, Granby board members will be able to withdraw or change questions until then. Putting the questions on the ballot costs the town less than $1,000 in printing, according to town officials.
“I would feel better doing something knowing it’s from the majority of the people,” said Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro.
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Trustee Ken Coatney said he liked the idea of the town of Granby gaining the tax revenue off of marijuana sales, especially if other areas of the county are banning them.
With the questions on the ballot, “Maybe we’ll get a better (election) turnout,” said Trustee Deb Shaw.
At the county level, commissioners have directed staff to draft language for a marijuana ballot question, but commissioners have not yet given final approval to officially put it on the ballot.