(AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file)

Lakewood voters say no to recreational marijuana sales

Voters in Lakewood defeated a measure that would have allowed retail marijuana stores in the city.

When City Council voted in July to let voters decide the issue, Mayor Bob Murphy said he supported the November ballot question because it would answer once and for all the will of the voters: Were they voting strictly for recreational use with no desire for retail stores? Or were they saying “yes” to both?

More than 54 percent of voters said they did not want retail stores to be legal.

Amendment 64 allowed local governments to set their own rules for recreational marijuana businesses, including banning them entirely within their borders.

Lakewood allows medical marijuana dispensaries but no longer issues permits for new locations.

UPDATED: Get Lakewood voting results here.

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