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Dinosaur says no to recreational marijuana

Nate Waggenspack

The town of Dinosaur voted against the sale of recreational marijuana within town limits Tuesday, following suit with Craig by a narrow margin.

A total of 95 people from Dinosaur voted, with 56 percent going against Referred Measure 2A.

Craig City Council chose not to put the issue to a vote after the electorate voted strongly against Amendment 64 last year. Dinosaur voted for Amendment 64 in 2012, but chose to keep marijuana from being sold in town by 11 votes.

Town Councilman Richard Blakley was pleased with the result.

“I think we have enough of that stuff in our (community),” Blakley said. “We’ve got users, they can grow it and do their stuff with it. You’ve got kids who know how to grow it. I think it’s sad.”

After the results of voting in Dinosaur on Amendment 64, Blakley wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.

“I was a little worried,” he said. “They voted down the medical stores the last time that came around, but then they said it was 78 percent here in town for (Amendment 64). This gives me a little more ray of hope that, yeah, we are still good folks.”

The Dinosaur vote means retail taxes on marijuana will not be collected in the town for the time being, as will be the case in Craig. Proposition AA, which puts a 15 percent excise tax on the sale of retail marijuana, passed easily in Colorado.

With 82 percent of votes reporting around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, 65 percent said “yes” on AA, making it a landslide decision to heavily tax pot.

In Moffat County, the vote was slightly closer, but still came away with a clear winner. Of the 3,902 who voted on AA from the county, 2,339 (or 60 percent) were for the tax.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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