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Breckenridge Town Council poised to vote on marijuana on Main special election

Brandon Evans
bevans@summitdaily.com

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, during the regular council meeting Breckenridge Town Council will consider acting on an agenda item to call for a special election concerning the rights of marijuana retail establishments to operate in the Main Street district.

Council will vote on a draft resolution calling for the special election to occur on Dec. 9. Council will decide between at least three versions of the question.

The first option is very simple, reading, “Should the retail sale of marijuana in the downtown area of Breckenridge be allowed?” The voter then checks a box yes or no.

The second option reads, “Subject to such rules, restrictions, and limitations as may be decided by the Town Council, should the retail sale of marijuana in the downtown area of Breckenridge be allowed?”

Council will vote on a draft resolution calling for the special election to occur on Dec. 9.

The third, and most comprehensive form of the ballot question, reads, “Should the Breckenridge Town Council enact a local ordinance that allows the retail sale of marijuana in the downtown area of Breckenridge subject to the following primary restrictions: No more than five retail marijuana stores can be operated within the downtown area; No retail marijuana store can be located on the ground floor of any structure; No more than one retail marijuana store can be located within any block; There must be at least one-hundred feet between any two retail marijuana stores?”

Again, the voter simply checks yes or no.

“Because the question to be submitted to the electors of the Town is advisory in nature, the results of the vote on the advisory ballot question are not binding on the Town Council; provided, however, that the Town Council shall and will give due and proper consideration to the advise and direction given to it by the electors in the vote on the advisory ballot question,” reads the rough draft of the proposed resolution.

The election, if called, will also be conducted as a “mail ballot election.”

The workshop to discuss the election and other items begins at 3 p.m. at Breckenridge Town Hall in the council chambers. The regular meeting follows at 7 p.m.


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