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Manitou Votes on Retail Marijuana Sales

Voters to decide imposing sales tax in November

Manitou Springs Votes on Marijuana Sales

Manitou Springs, Colo. - Manitou Springs gives voters the green light to decide if there should be a city sales tax on recreational marijuana. City council passed two different options.

One ordinance passed: a question will be on the ballot in November and voters can decide whether to  put a sales tax on retail pot. The second ordinance that passed was to put a moratorium, or a temporary ban on retail marijuana until December 31, 2013. That's so they can wait for the sales tax ballot results and go forward from there.

Mayor Marc Synder says Manitou is searching for revenue to keep his city alive after the fire and flooding.

"Even looking down the road, the long-term future of our community, it is a possibility we could have more flooding and lose a significant portion of our tax base. In order to be sustainable in the future, I think we have to keep all options on the table," said Mayor Snyder.

Resident Jimmy Day said he is adamantly against allowing retail marijuana businesses.

"To me, it's the worst thing I can think of for our children and our grandchildren," said Day.

68 percent of Manitou voted to legalize pot. Colorado Springs city council voted a second time last week to "opt out". Unincorporated El Paso County, Woodland Park, Monument, Green Mountain Falls and Palmer Lake have also "opted out". Pueblo County has a moratorium.

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