Englewood voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.
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Citizen petitions had placed two measures on the ballot regarding recreational marijuana sales.
Ballot Question 302 will allow recreational marijuana shops in Englewood, and it received heavy support, according to election results released early in the afternoon of Nov. 9, the day after Election Day. Those figures showed 61.8 percent of voters approved the measure, while 38.2 percent opposed it, with 12,732 votes tallied. Until 2019, the city can only approve applications for recreational sales at the four medical marijuana faciltiies the city has already approved. After that, the city could approve recreational shops in other locations.
"We are really excited by the results in the early returns," said recreational marijuana proponent Tim Brown, who is associated with the Trees medical marijuana dispensary on Federal Boulevard near Belleview Avenue, which was approved by a city board in 2014 but has never opened.
Brown, one of the two people who placed 302 on the ballot, said the campaign was hard but the supporters were confident their proposal would pass because the majority of Englewood voters had voted in favor of allowing recreational marijuana sales twice before.
"We felt all along that Englewood residents would approve this ballot issue," he said. "We had hoped we could work with the city council to permit the retail marijuana sales but when that didn't happen, we had no choice but to take it to the voters."
An opposing issue, Ballot Question 301 would have prohibited the commercial cultivation, manufacturing and sale of recreational marijuana in Englewood. Medical marijuana would not have been affected. Recreational marijuana sales had been banned in Englewood by ordinance, but 301 would have prevented future city councils from overturning that ban. As of Nov. 9, voters opposed 301 by 60.8 percent to 39.2 percent with 13,024 votes counted.
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