(Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)

Federal Heights voters OK medical marijuana, reject retail pot shops

Retail marijuana stores will not be allowed to operate in Federal Heights, but voters narrowly agreed to allow medical marijuana businesses after approximately 1,600 ballots were counted in the city by Wednesday morning.

Voters barely approved medical marijuana operations, with a margin that came down to .1 or .2 percent. According to the most recent count, the measure actually passed by just 6 ballots.

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This reflects a small change of heart for voters in Federal Heights, who shot down a 2010 ballot question to have medical stores open in the city by a margin of 56-43.

The 2014 question to allow retail marijuana went down by a wider margin — 55.2 percent voting no and 44.7 voting yes.

A related sales tax measure that would have placed an additional 5 percent tax on the sale of retail marijuana passed cleanly, but it won’t be applied since retail remains banned in the city of 12,000 people.

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Megan Mitchell: 303-954-2650, mmitchell@denverpost.com or twitter.com/Mmitchelldp

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