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Grassroots effort begins for legal retail recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs

Grassroots effort for legal retail marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A grassroots effort culminated in Amendment 64.  A group in Colorado Springs hopes they have the same success for a similar goal: legal retail recreational marijuana.

"We hope to reverse the ban on retail cannabis," said Karyna Lemus, an organizer for the group "Every Vote Counts."

Lemus is involved because she believes her vote on Amendment 64 didn't count.

"Amendment 64 was passed by the citizens of Colorado Springs by almost 5,000 votes last November, so clearly the city council is not following the will of the people," Lemus said.

This past summer, the Colorado Springs City Council voted 5-4 to ban retail recreational marijuana sales.

The group is looking to putting the issue on the 2014 ballot.

"We're thinking we need to raise between $20-30,000 for this campaign to be successful," Lemus said.

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