Apr 11, 2014 6:33 PM by Leah Kraus

Petition could lead to recreational pot measure in November

Voters could soon decide whether recreational marijuana can be sold in Colorado Springs.

News 5 investigated a new petition that could lead to a ballot measure come November.

The non-profit "Every Vote Counts" wants pot on the ballot. They say it could bring in a lot of money for the city and that voters deserve it after Amendment 64 passed and created a recreational marijuana industry in Colorado.

It's a battle that Newell Ledbetter intends to win.

"Our votes count, they really do," he says. "I mean that's the basis of our whole society as far as democracy is concerned."

He says Colorado Springs could bring in millions from recreational pot sales.

"Every Vote Counts" is on the verge of filing a ballot measure with the City Clerk's office. He says the measure is in the final stages -- either the City Council can put it on the ballot, or if that doesn't work, they will petition it. Ledbetter says they're ready to get the signatures to do it.

City Council President Keith King released this statement in regards to the measure: there are still a lot of unanswered questions that would need to be answered. We would have to see how they want to structure this -- how many stores, would it be taxed, what to do with the money, special funds, etc.



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