Pot companies, developers taking sides in contentious Lakewood election

Lakewood’s municipal election is awash in developer and marijuana money — two issues that voters in Colorado’s fifth-largest city have already taken positions on at the ballot box.

That has some wondering if it’s an attempt to pack the Lakewood City Council with members favorable to the cannabis industry and more robust development in this city of 155,000 on Denver’s western edge.

In 2014, voters rejected a measure that would have legalized recreational pot sales in the city. And this past summer, voters approved a limit on new residential construction in Lakewood.

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