The Cedaredge Town Board has gone on record opposing Amendment 64.
The initiated measure will appear on the November ballot and if approved by voters would legalize recreational marijuana use in Colorado.
The resolution in opposition to Amendment 64, adopted by a majority vote at the Cedaredge board's Sept. 20 meeting, cites the following reasons for opposing the amendment:
• It would make Colorado one of the first states to try and profit from the legalization of marijuana at the expense of our children;
• Marijuana is an addictive drug;
• Amendment 64 conflicts with federal law;
• Amendment 64 promotes increased marijuana use;
• And, marijuana increases impaired driving.
Amendment 64 is being called by its supporters the "regulate marijuana like alcohol" amendment. The town board's action follows the county commissioners who have also gone on record opposing Amendment 64.
It was pointed out during the Cedaredge trustees' discussion that the town had previously adopted a regulation banning marijuana dispensaries. There was some trustee discussion of how appropriate it is for the town to take a position on a matter some see as a "personal choice" issue. Trustees Larry Smith and Nancy Sturgill questioned the board resolution on those grounds. Other board members, the mayor and town administrator saw the issue as one of community-wide concern.
The resolution opposing Amendment 64 was passed on a 6-1 margin with Sturgill voting "no."blog comments powered by Disqus