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Palmer Lake opts out of recreational marijuana sales

Palmer Lake opts out of recreational marijuana sales

PALMER LAKE, Colo. - Palmer Lake Town Council voted Thursday to ban the recreational sale of marijuana in Palmer Lake.

The Council decided to opt out with a 4-2 vote.  The two members who voted against the ban wanted to pose a temporary moratorium instead.

Citizens weighed in at a town hall meeting Thursday.  Each Palmer Lake resident had three minutes to give their input before town council before the decision was made.  Viewpoints differed amongst the residents, some saying marijuana sales would hurt the image of the small town, others saying the potential tax revenue could help boost the town's economy.

Palmer Lake is the latest southern Colorado municipality to ban the sale of recreational marijuana.  Colorado Springs, Pueblo, unincorporated El Paso County, Woodland Park, Monument and Green Mountain Falls have all opted out.

Manitou Springs is set to vote on Aug. 13.  The mayor of Manitou Springs has previously said that he expects council to allow the sale of recreational marijuana.

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