Election Day 2011: A Mixed Bag for Medical Marijuana in Colorado.
Election Day has come and gone and, once again, numerous Colorado towns weighed in on marijuanapolicy. Most notably, four communities rejected bans on medical marijuana businesses (Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Routt County, and Palisade) and three areas endorsed bans (Fort Collins, Yampa, and Brush).
A number of communities (Breckenridge, Commerce City, and Palisade) voted to enact higher taxes on medical marijuana sales. Colorado has a rich history of tackling marijuana policy in the voting booth and most of these reform measures make their way to voters through the ballot initiative process. Ballot initiatives are a form of “direct democracy” where a group of citizens gather signatures to place a measure on a local or state ballot.