Medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs will be one of two hot-button issues that will be discussed at a joint – yes, joint – city and county town hall meeting June 17.
District 2 City Councilman Darryl Glenn said he and District 1 County Commissioner Wayne Williams are holding the joint meeting to talk about dispensaries as well as the county’s decision Tuesday to buy several Intel buildings on Garden of the Gods Road.
The two-hour meeting is primarily for residents of their districts, but anyone can attend.
“I’m probably going to work the agenda so that he gets to go first because once you start talking about medical marijuana, you just don’t know when it’s going to stop,” he said.
Glenn said “a lot of people” in his district have been sending him e-mails requesting a community discussion about dispensaries.
“Every single time we have this on the (City Council) agenda, it’s at 1 o’clock (when) most people are working and they can’t get out there,” he said, adding that the audience is usually packed with people who support dispensaries.
Glenn said the three Springs residents who want to place an initiative on the November ballot asking voters whether dispensaries should be banned in the city live in his district.
“These are the people that were very upset and vocal with the Mission Inn,” he said, referring to now-defunct plans to open a dispensary in what used to be a restaurant.
“You’ve got people that have definite concerns, and I think they – along with the (Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce) and other people – want people to be able to vote,” he said.
“And the issue really isn’t whether or not we should have medical marijuana, and that’s what I get so frustrated with,” Glenn added. “The issue is the dispensaries because that’s the part that’s ambiguous under (Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana.) Contrary to Sean Paige’s interpretation of the constitution, that part is unclear,” he said.
The June 17 meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community room at Fire Station 19 at 2490 Research Parkway.