Record-breaking Election Day, Bad News for Marijuana Centers
KREX News Room
Grand Junction - In Tuesday's record-breaking election, medical marijuana dispensaries are out of Grand Junction. With just under 57% of voters upholding the ordinance, medical marijuana dispensaries are going to have to close up shop for good. The battle over medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has been waged for months now.
Back in October, the Grand Junction City Council decided to outlaw the centers. But enough people signed on to a petition that challenged that decision.
Tuesday night, however, the ban was upheld with 7,802 votes in favor of the ordinance and only 5,703 against outlawing the shops.
Grand Junction City Councilman Gregg Palmer explained when the shops will shut their doors. "We have now effectively said that the ordinance was proper. Traditionally, ordinances take effect in 30 days. This is obviously quite a ways after that initial effect, so I would think that in a very short order people would have to comply."
More than 57% of voters participated, which is huge for a municipal election, and that amounted to 13,786 ballots cast.
NewsChannel 5 made several attempts to speak with the group pushing to overturn the ban but the Mesa County Constitution Advocates declined to speak to NewsChannel 5.
There was at least on member of MCCA at Grand Junction City Hall when the results were released, however, she left almost immediately after they started rolling.