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Jul 24, 2013 12:25 AM by Eric Ross

City Council bans recreational marijuana sales

Colorado Springs is now the latest city to say "no" to recreational marijuana sales.

Council members listened to more than two hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of recreational marijuana during Tuesday's council meeting. In the end, council voted 5-4 not to promote its sale.

"It's been pretty clear from the time I entered the race for city council that I've supported a ban," council member Joel Miller said. "It's against federal law."

Miller's vote gained the support of Jo McGuire, who says there are just too many gray areas as to the benefits of bringing recreational pot sales to Colorado Springs.

"I think they did the right thing for the safety of the community and for the economy," she said.

People like Mark Slaugh disagree. He says the City could be losing out on millions of dollars in taxes.

"Certainly there hasn't been any economic development at this scale over the last 3 years," he said. "In Colorado Springs, this means a loss of job opportunities and lost taxation."

Had council approved recreational marijuana sales, it's estimated the City could have raised anywhere from $3 to $5 million dollars in sales tax revenue.



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