Wellington voters will get their say on retail and medical marijuana sales in the November election.
Wellington’s Board of Trustees referred the citizen-initiated measure to the ballot on Tuesday. The ballot measure, if approved, would repeal the town’s ban on retail and medical marijuana sales starting in February 2022.
The proposal would allow sales only in licensed marijuana stores in a specific type of commercial zoning district, at least 2,000 feet from schools, 500 feet from areas zoned as “public,” 500 feet from other marijuana stores and 200 feet from residential areas.
Citizens first submitted signatures to the town in July 2020. The residents and town have since gone through litigation over sufficiency of the petition signatures and refined wording of the measure, which will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
A measure on the same ballot will ask voters if the town should impose a 3.5% special sales tax on retail marijuana purchases. The town could later increase the tax to as much as 5%.
Retail and medical marijuana sales are legal in Fort Collins but remain prohibited in many of the surrounding areas, including Loveland and Windsor as well as Wellington.
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This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: Wellington will vote on allowing retail, medical marijuana sales in November