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Centennial, Colo. could ban marijuana as soon as May 18

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In Colorado, one town isn’t all that excited about allowing retail marijuana inside its limits. According to the Denver Post on Tuesday, in Centennial, the city council is going as far as to ban the retail sale of marijuana based on community feedback. The council had already limited the sale of marijuana after Amendment 64 was passed in November of 2012.

Though Colorado voters overall approved Amendment 64—which outlined Colorado’s policy for marijuana—Centennial voters opposed the amendment. The temporary restriction that has been placed on the sale of marijuana is set to expire in September of 2014 and Centennial mayor Cathy Noon has been working to gauge how the city feels about allowing marijuana sales inside the city. So far, her feedback has not exactly been in favor of marijuana. The council shows that no one would be opposed to banning marijuana in Centennial.

Mayor Noon said that hesitance from the feedback council stemmed from reservations about marijuana still being illegal on a national level. Because retail marijuana shops deal in cash because of federal regulations, residents feared that crime would be attracted to the area.

Residents who wish to oppose the ban are able to collect enough signatures to challenge the ban. Depending on when the city clerk approves the ordinance, the ban could go into effect as soon as May 18. It is important to note that the ban would only deal with retail marijuana. Residents are still able to own up to 30 marijuana plants per household. Resident complaints would dictate how info cement for houseplants would be handled

Noon said that the long process to decide on the ban was because “a city never turns down sales tax unless we realize that what you get with it isn’t worth it.” The second hearing involving the ban will take place at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 14.

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