In July 2010, the Broomfield City Council voted 8-2 to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city, following a trend in suburban metro Denver.
Weeks later, a petition drive was held to put the issue on the ballot and let voters decide. Led by Pamela Gianola, the drive fell just short (39 verified signatures) of the total needed, but the Council decided to put the matter to the voters in November to prevent the expense of a special election.
Question 1A was worded strangely, however, so that a vote FOR the question was a vote AGAINST dispensaries. Essentially, voters decided if they were against prohibition of dispensaries or not. Many lay voters reported difficulty determining the intent of the question. Broomfield resident Gianola told the Daily Camera, "It's confusingly worded intentionally," although the drafters of the question deny this. Gianola insisted that many voters who wished to oppose the dispensary ban called her, unsure whether a yes or no vote accomplished what they intended.
The ban does not prevent medicinal marijuana within the city; it will, however, force medical marijuana users to travel to dispensaries in other cities.
For a breakdown of Broomfield's votes in Tuesday's election, click here.