Target: Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach
Goal: Prevent Colorado Springs, along with other Colorado cities, from continuing to prohibit recreational retail marijuana stores
Back in May of 2012, a historic law passed in Colorado making it the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana consumption and possession (up to one ounce), for adults 21 years and older. Unfortunately, over 22 cities in Colorado have already planned to ban the retail selling of marijuana. Colorado Springs is set to be the next city to prematurely prohibit the law from taking its full effect, seeing as how retail recreational marijuana stores have yet to even spring up.
Mayor of Colorado Springs, Steve Bach, has gone on record saying he will veto any approval of the opening of pot stores, that is if the majority of city council members decide to ignore the banning, which, in the best interest of the city, they will. There is also talk of Bach vetoing a moratorium option that the city council could pursue, prolonging the opening of recreational marijuana stores until a final tax rate is decided upon. Because the law passed, however, any medicinal marijuana stores will still be able to apply for the license to sell the cannabis to anyone over 21 for recreational or medicinal use.
Even if Mayor Bach successfully outlaws any ‘pot shops’ from opening in Colorado Springs city limits, adults who still wish to purchase the marijuana legally only have to drive a short while to another city that will allow them. Banning the stores will only prolong Colorado Springs citizens from obtaining what they want by an hour or so, and prevent Colorado Springs from receiving the revenue being created. Because marijuana users wouldn’t have to purchase marijuana off of the black market or through a medical operation, many users will most likely be willing to make the drive.
Taxable recreational marijuana stores are a great idea. Once neighboring cities start displaying how much revenue can be generated, many cities including Colorado Springs will most likely think twice about banning them. Colorado state citizens already passed the amendment that allows adults to use and purchase marijuana, so it’s obvious that Colorado Springs citizens also want it. To deny the majority of people you are meant to serve is taking a strange position.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Mayor Steve Bach to reconsider his view on recreational marijuana stores. Banning them will continue to keep the black market for marijuana alive in its city limits, and continue to increase the crime rate.
Dear Mayor Steve Bach,
I understand that you are worried about allowing recreational marijuana stores to be opened up within your city limits. However, the stigma that follows marijuana and the people who use it, while mostly untrue, shouldn’t weigh in on your decision to ban them. The amount of revenue for Colorado Springs that could be generated through these ‘pot shops’ is enormous.
By allowing for the retail selling of marijuana to adults, the black market demand for marijuana will completely shatter, which in turn will help lower the crime rate in city limits. Without the black market, the harder it is for children and teenagers to purchase the drug, considering they would have to go through a state run facility that checks for identification. Many youngsters, when surveyed, always claim that purchasing drugs that are illegal is much easier than to purchase a drug that is legal.
I strongly urge you to reconsider your position on the whole ordeal, for the sake of your city and all the benefits that can come from not prohibiting the recreational sale of marijuana.
[Your Name Here]
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