Yampa

Election update: November 2011

The November 2011 odd-year election brings new attempts to push Local Options or tax measures in 8 cities and 1 county.

Roughly 27 centers and 11 IPM licensees are on the chopping block in Oak Creek, Palisade, Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins and the whole of Routt County. All are voting on local options which would close their existing facilities, ending safer local access to medicine for the 12,000 patients represented in these areas. Almost 10% of the registry stands to lose local access to marijuana through MMCs during this election season.

The City Council of Brush, population ~5000, decided to ask their voters if they should join the remaining Morgan County communities in passing the local option. With no existing centers and a total ban looking likely, patients in Morgan County will have to wait a little longer for safe access.

The voters in Palisade could shutter the last remaining center in Mesa County, much to the joy of some busybodies in Grand Junction who've worked heartlessly to make medical marijuana harder for licensed responsible adults to acquire safely in the greater Mesa County area.

Breckenridge and Commerce City both vote on tax measures to attach special taxes to medical marijuana transactions.

Yampa, near Steamboat, will vote whether to allow any centers to open after next July in its 0.2 sq. mile city limits. (Is there even a zoning code there?)

The most contentious battle seems to be taking place in Fort Collins. A coalition consisting of the county sheriff, an assistant district attorney, a city councilman's wife and a former mayor put together nearly 150% of the signatures they needed to force a special election. At stake, whether to allow the 21 shops and half-dozen IPM licensees to continue operation. The weed scene is intimately tied in with the booming microbrew scene in that town so this is the battle to watch. Will a city that has based so much of its economy on recreational alcohol sales kowtow to discompassionate moralists who can't stand to see people treating themselves?

Edit: Yuma County also voted on the subject.

TOWN OF YAMPA ORDINANCE NO. 2011-02



TOWN OF YAMPA ORDINANCE NO. 2011-02 AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON THE CULTIVATION OR SALE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE TOWN OF YAMPA; REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

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Yampa residents to vote about medical marijuana laws next year



Zach Fridell 10/7/2010 Steamboat Springs — The Town of Yampa will take the issue of medical marijuana to voters, possibly as soon as January. Yampa Town Board members made the decision during their meeting Wednesday night. It follows a Sept. 1 moratorium passed by the board that prevents any medical marijuana-related businesses from opening until July 1, 2011.

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Pot discussion packs Yampa Town Hall



Jack Weinstein 9/16/2010 Yampa — The town of Yampa is divided on medical marijuana. More than 30 people attended a special meeting of the Yampa Town Board on Wednesday night intended to engage residents on their opinion of the controversial treatment approved by Colorado voters a decade ago. Nearly half of those who attended the meeting spoke — some in favor of medical marijuana, some opposed. At times, the discussion among residents grew contentious.

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Yampa Town Board to hold special meeting to discuss medical marijuana



Zach Fridell 9/15/2010 Steamboat Springs — Yampa town leaders will gauge residents’ tolerance for medical marijuana during a special meeting tonight at Town Hall. The feedback could help determine what, if any, action the town should take related to the hot-button issue. The town of Yampa has a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses that will last until July 1, unless town leaders repeal it.

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