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Time running out for recreational marijuana on November ballot

Published: May 28, 2014, 7:52 pm, by Monica Mendoza

Mark Slaugh, chairman of the nonprofit group Every Vote Counts, did not appear to win over the Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday when he made a plea for recreational marijuana sales.

Slaugh told the City Council that in a recent Every Vote Counts poll, 60 percent of respondents said they would support lifting the ban on recreational marijuana sales.

Slaugh, and others, have been lobbying the City Council to either reconsider the ban on recreational marijuana sales or put the issue on the November ballot.

“I’m asking to allow the people the freedom to vote,” he said.

But time is running out. The City’s Clerk recently reported to the City Council that if it wanted to put any issue on the November ballot the wording had to be finalized by the end of July.

Last July, City Council voted 5-4 to ban the sales of marijuana for recreational use.

“I hope one of you will have the courage to stand up and allow people choice,” Slaugh said.