17 May 2016
With regard to Colorado they write
The sky isn’t falling’: Towns reconsider legalized pot
At least five new metro area communities may soon welcome recreational marijuana sales
ENGLEWOOD — A number of metro area cities and towns that have taken a wait-and-see approach to recreational pot since legal sales began in Colorado more than two years ago are no longer waiting and seeing.
At least four communities — Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton and Longmont — are in various stages of studying and debating a future with retail marijuana outlets.
In Lakewood, a campaign is underway by cannabis enthusiasts to get a measure on the ballot this fall to make pot shops legal there.
“It’s becoming evident to a number of local communities that it is safe to opt in,” said Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group. “They’re looking at their neighbors, seeing that the sky isn’t falling and they’re saying, ‘What’s the big deal?’”
And in Oregon
The tides are shifting in Oregon over legal marijuana
Not all residents are happy about it, but after more than 100 cities and counties had ‘opted out’ of anything connected to legal pot sales, some are considering a repeal on the ban
REDMOND, Ore. — Last year, Lindsey Pate and her husband, Christopher, bought 15 acres of high desert covered in junipers in central Oregon, where they planned to grow marijuana in greenhouses to sell for recreational use.
In December, however, Deschutes County banned the recreational marijuana business in unincorporated areas, including the Pates’ land.
Underscoring the shifting tides Oregon is experiencing even after voters legalized marijuana in 2014, the county’s commissioners, after holding public meetings and hearing from several groups, decided Wednesday to allow marijuana cultivation, processing and sales.
In another sign of the shifting tides over Oregon marijuana legalization, voters in Grant County in conservative eastern Oregon and Klamath County in the south will decide in Oregon’s primary election on Tuesday whether to repeal their counties’ bans after marijuana advocates collected enough signatures.