D51 School Board opposes pot measure

School District 51 School Board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to oppose Amendment 64, a measure on Colorado’s Nov. 6 ballot aimed at permitting regulation and possession of limited amounts of marijuana.

The adoption comes five days after the Daily Sentinel reported the school board decided to delay mailing a pamphlet detailing detriments of marijuana use until after voters passed or denied Amendment 64. Board President Greg Mikolai said last week the pamphlet was delayed so voters would not misconstrue the mailer as a taxpayer-funded flier taking a stance on Amendment 64.

Board member Leslie Kiesler said she did not receive the resolution opposing Amendment 64 until Monday. “I’d just like to say I’d rather receive these things in a timely manner,” she said.

Board member Ann Tisue said at Tuesday’s meeting the board should vote on the resolution that night because the board will not have a another business meeting until after the election. Board members Harry Butler and Jeff Leany said they did not need any more time to take a stance against the measure. Butler called acceptance of marijuana “a detriment to our school system” while Leany commented, “I am 100 percent in line with what we’re doing here.”

While marijuana possession remains illegal at the federal level, Amendment 64 calls for people 21 years of age or older to be allowed to consume or possess small amounts of marijuana in Colorado. Ballot language also asks for the Colorado constitution to allow for regulation of marijuana production and to permit the legislature to levy a tax on wholesale marijuana that would provide up to $40 million a year for the state’s public school capital construction assistance fund. Mikolai said he is skeptical of the measure.

“Trying to legislate through a ballot issue never works very well,” he said.


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