PALISADE SAYS ‘NO’ TO RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA QUESTION
Palisade voters officially said “no” to allowing recreational marijuana businesses within town limits.
According to Sheila Reiner, Mesa County’s Clerk and Recorder, a canvass of cured ballots (with signature discrepancies or no signature) resulted in 535 residents saying “yes” and 541 residents saying “no.” The results were announced on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 13.
Results from Palisade’s question 2A were too close to call after Election Day on Nov. 4. It was reported on Nov. 5 that 2A was losing — 525 “yes” and 529 “no.” However it was reported that 2B, on Palisade’s marijuana business tax, passed — 610 “yes” and 420 “no.”
In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Palisade struggled to cure its botched ballots — specifically regarding Referred Measures 2A and 2B, which asked Palisade residents to decide whether recreational marijuana should be allowed within town limits and how to tax it. Mesa County’s Clerk & Recorder Office, which manages Palisade’s ballots and election process, confirmed last month that 107 ballots were mailed without questions 2A and 2B. In addition, some people living outside Palisade incorrectly received ballots containing both questions.
Following discovery of inaccurate ballots, the Free Press previously reported that a plan was put into place to rectify ballot errors on Oct. 17, which included reissuing all mistaken ballots mailed within town limits, voiding incorrect ballots already received and manually sorting through in-town and out-of-town ballots impacted by 2A and 2B questions.
Since the adoption of Amendment 64 — which allows marijuana to be sold, taxed and used legally by people 21 and older throughout Colorado — recreational marijuana businesses have been blocked from Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and unincorporated Mesa County. Since 2011, medical marijuana businesses were blocked from the Grand Valley as well, except for Colorado Alternative Health Care in Palisade. De Beque OK’d recreational marijuana in April, and its ballot question regarding taxation was approved last week.
Pending the passing of 2A and 2B, Jesse and Desa Loughman, owners of Colorado Alternative Health Care, hoped to open expand their business in Palisade to incorporate a recreational marijuana component; they currently provide medical marijuana only to card-carrying patients.
To read more about the botched ballot issue, click here.
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