(Karl Gehring, Denver Post file)

Petition filed to repeal Golden’s ban on recreational sales

A Golden resident and her son have filed for a petition to repeal Golden City Council’s recent decision regarding a ban on recreational marijuana sales.

Barbara Harvey said she feels that a majority of Golden residents voted for Amendment 64 to legalize sales of recreational marijuana, and that city council’s regulations are even more restrictive than state measures.

“The council did not represent the citizens on this,” she said.

Her petition will request that the city’s ordinances passed by council at its June 5 meeting be repealed and replaced with ordinances allowing retail sale of marijuana.

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Ordinance 1977 prohibits all retail marijuana businesses, including testing facilities, clubs and co-ops. Ordinances 1978 and 1979 established licensing fees for medical marijuana businesses, barred such businesses from within 1,000 feet of any school and specified residential marijuana growing restrictions.

Harvey and her son, Stephen, filed the petition committee affidavit through the Golden city clerk’s office Thursday. City clerk Susan Brooks said the petitions will be ready by the end of the day Friday and that 1,415 signatures from registered Golden residents will be required by July 7 before the petition goes before city council.

City council will have the option to approve the requests of the petition or put the question to Golden voters in November.

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Harvey said a group of fellow residents support the petition and will help her and her son canvas downtown Golden for the signatures.

“We just want a do-over,” she said. “We think it was too restrictive and the information was incorrect. The (Amendment 64) task force did not do an accurate presentation.”

Josie Klemaier: 303-954-2465, jklemaier@denverpost.com

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