Steamboat voters reject marijuana business bans, approve air service tax

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— The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office has released the first of two vote tallies from the 2011 election. These first totals represent more than 7,000 votes. The Clerk and Recorder's Office estimates that the second and final tally will include less than 100 additional ballots.

Referendum 2B (winter air program sales tax)

Yes: 61 percent (2,469 votes)

No: 39 percent (1,601 votes)

Referendum 2C (Steamboat Springs medical marijuana business ban)

Yes: 40 percent (1,628 votes)

No: 60 percent (2,423 votes)

Referendum 1A (Routt County medical marijuana business ban)

Yes: 46 percent (3,477 votes)

No: 54 percent (4,055 votes)

Steamboat Springs City Council District 1

Richard Levy: 45 percent (1,571 votes)

Scott Myller: 55 percent (1,934 votes)

Steamboat Springs City Council District 3

Sonja Macys: 55 percent (1,924 votes)

Dave Maloney: 45 percent (1,605 votes)

Steamboat Springs City Council at-large seat

John Fielding: 22 percent (773 votes)

Kevin Kaminski: 60 percent (2,150 votes)

Daryl Levin: 18 percent (669 votes)

Steamboat Springs School Board District 5

Sandra Sharp: 48 percent (1,982 votes)

Rebecca Williams: 52 percent (2,141 votes)

SteamboatToday.com will continue to update election results throughout the evening.

Comments

Kirk Aigner 3 years, 1 month ago

Mixed bag for me so far; I'm happy that the anti-marijuana efforts failed, not because I'm a pothead, rather a libertarian when it comes to that issue. Also happy that Sonja won, but disappointed that Rich Levy lost and that 2B passed. I hope that 2B does what it is supposed to and truly is a boon to the community, but I have my doubts.

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mavis 3 years, 1 month ago

yippee... New Steamboat Motto ... Welcome to "Stoned and THEN Taxed Town USA."

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muck 3 years, 1 month ago

YEAAA BYE BYE DR. DOOMESDAY AND WITLESS AND THE MORAL WING OF THE PILE-IT!! GOOD CALL STEAMBOAT, ROUTT COUNTY, AND OAK CREEK!!! HERE TO STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 1 month ago

We are Ski Town USA We are Bike Town USA We are Pot Town USA!

More people voted to retain MMJ businesses than voted for any member of the City Council.

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1999 3 years, 1 month ago

crap...i'm really bummed that the airline tax passed.

that won't bring any more business to steamboat but will cost us plenty. I really don't think people researched that one.

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gettinold 3 years, 1 month ago

Muck,

Please stop shouting, caps lock off, PLEASE

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exduffer 3 years, 1 month ago

Looks like our sales tax should increase too since Ft Collins will probably pass their ban.

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cindy constantine 3 years, 1 month ago

Agree, 1999!! All of us that "saw the Light" on 2B and decided not to buy in to it should have really had ads countering the pro 2B crowd and written more letters to the editor--not that they would have been printed mind you. A door to door hand out might have been effective. Hind sight is always 20/20.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, it was always going to be hard to defeat 2B because with Ski Corps and the Chamber behind it and all of the promises that were made.

I think winning this election is just the start of this story because Chamber CEO promised 44,000 more tourists generating $44M in business with this air program. If the LMD's administration of the air program does not generate close to 44,000 more tourists then the public has the right to expect a reorganized LMD board that is not so self serving Chamber and Ski Corps dominated. Even if a reorganized LMD board is not any more effective than the current board then at least it could be expected to put out honest numbers reflecting their own internal projections.

Note that Al White on the Colorado Tourism Board does not simply hand his budget over to United Airlines because they promised to bring more people to Colorado. No, Al White's job is to get a variety of proposals and fund those that are considered to be the most effective.

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Jeff_Kibler 3 years, 1 month ago

The biggest vote recipients are: Corporate welfare Pot Beer distributor

And Proposition 103 is going down in flames.

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 1 month ago

Not that I'm one to rub things in, but it would be interesting to get some sort of post-game interview with ol' Doc Victory & Lisa Watts. Certainly they must have thought things would go differently.

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Ben Tiffany 3 years, 1 month ago

Enough about "Pot Town ";there are any number of other towns in Colorado (not to mention Denver) that have many more MMJs than Steamboat has. The sky is not falling because the various banning measures failed to pass. As a number of commentators have pointed out,there is more to this issue than whether these dispensaries are helping or hurting the community. Apparently a majority of voters in the county think that they should be allowed to continue to operate,so let's leave it at that.

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JJ Southard 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm proud of my town. Today is ny birthday too. What a great birthday present!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey, if the Yes on 1A and 2C put out signs saying "No to Pot Town USA" and they got thumped at the ballot box then the people of SB said Yes to Steamboat as Pot Town USA, right?

We're Pot Town USA! Get used to it!

I expect Watts and Victory to blame their electoral losses on the dispensaries distorting the electoral process by registering mmj patients.

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Jeff_Kibler 3 years, 1 month ago

It seems that the only MMJ dispensary in Mesa county has survived.

Palisade voters approved a sales tax on MMJ, and voted down a ban on MMJ "centers."

Unofficial results: http://clerk.mesacounty.us/electionresults/

Some background: http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/group-seeking-to-ban-mmj-centers-in-palisade

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rhys jones 3 years, 1 month ago

Jeff -- Cool!! Mom would be happy, were she so enlightened. Next time her skin cancer pops up, I'll squawk again.

Scott -- Be a good sport; don't rub it in. They put up the good fight. Let it go.

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Ben Tiffany 3 years, 1 month ago

Scott, We're not Pot Town anything. Get used to it.

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Jeff_Kibler 3 years, 1 month ago

Rhys, tell your Mom that I wish to hell that MMJ was legal when my Mom was dying of ovarian. We might have been able to convince her to use it, if only it was legal. She went through hell, and I was there cleaning up puke and applying painkillers in unmentionable places. At least she died at home, not in a hospital or hospice.

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kevin fisher 3 years, 1 month ago

Jeff-

We share a similar history...moms and cancer make for tough times. I do truly hope the outcome tonight helps to solidify the accessibility and acceptability of cannabis for those who would otherwise not consider its benefits. Thanks Steamboat.

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steamboatsprings 3 years, 1 month ago

Can't even compete with Boulder or any number of towns for that title. It is a national issue driven as much by demographics and the number of baby boomers who are voting age. Everyone knows it is not about medical use, if it were there would be legitimate doctors that prescribe it not "Dr's" that do drive by recommendations with a wink wink, are you sure you don't have this magic symptom. It's primary delivery would not be smoking nor would it be marketed as candy if the benefits were medical. Its just that simple.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 1 month ago

Steamboatsprings, One of the most potent narcotic painkillers also comes as a lollipop so even pharma drugs come in the form of a candy. Some doctors won't recommend it because of insurance issues, but I know two mmj patients with serious medical issues and their same doctors that won't recommend it are also fine with them taking mmj. In their case it is similar to what many "real" doctors would say about chiropractors or acupuncture.

And we can't compete with any number of towns for being bike friendly and yet we claim to be Bike Town USA.

We are Pot Town USA! Get used to it!

(BTW, the "Get used to it!" is from "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!" chant)

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canyonwind 3 years, 1 month ago

It's good to see that Routt county voted right! Pot shop's win but Yampa what happen there? The Airline tax passed and that is the first time I ever surported a tax in life and it was very good to see that prop 103 went down 2-1, a total rejection of socialism left wing thinking, let's take that to 2012 and put Ron Paul in the White House

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canyonwind 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey pot city USA is already taken it's a logging/growing town just south of the Oregon line Arcata. CA. there is also Weed, CA and Stoner, CO

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muck 3 years, 1 month ago

POT TOWN USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 1 month ago

I think it is easy to understand why Town of Yampa voted to ban MMJ businesses. There are none currently there and the Town government is small enough that it doesn't want to deal with regulating potentially a bunch of outsiders coming there to operate MMJ businesses.

Well, we are hardly the friendliest place for bicyclists and now also claim to be Bike Town USA. Now that the voters here voted to retain MMJ businesses by a 3-2 margin then we can certainly join the fraternity and call ourselves Pot Town USA!

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spidermite 3 years, 1 month ago

If were going to be "Pot Town USA" were going to need many more dispensaries and commercial grow operations.

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canyonwind 3 years, 1 month ago

spidermite you are right about that, in Denver and Colorado Springs there everywhere. What ever happen to that mean doctor from Ohio ???

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spidermite 3 years, 1 month ago

The front range does have alot of competition. This is good. This means lower prices for the patients. Even edibles are reasonably priced down there. Bring on the competition!

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