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Pro-marijuana group endorses funding initiative they got left off ballot for

An unlikely ally is advocating for stormwater fees proposed for Colorado Springs on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods, a group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana sales in the city, on Monday announced its support of ballot Issue 2A.

The Safer Neighborhoods’ members and supporters wanted a recreational marijuana issue to be on the ballot. But the city reserved space on El Paso County’s ballot in July with the stormwater fees in mind, and 2A was cemented there in August.

Safer Neighborhoods now plans to petition the pot issue onto next year’s ballot, requiring about 20,000 signatures to be gathered by August, said spokesman Mike Elliott. A University of Denver study the group commissioned found that the city could raise more than $25 million in 2018 by legalizing recreational marijuana sales.

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