Signature goal met for Palisade pot center ban

Proponents of a medical-marijuana-dispensary ban in Palisade are a step closer to referring the issue to voters this fall.

Town Clerk Carol Speakman announced Wednesday she has determined that petitioners have collected enough valid signatures for a ballot measure, but she can’t certify the petitions until a protest period has passed.

Speakman said petitioners who were required to collect 85 signatures tallied 186 signatures on 12 petitions, and that at least 85 of the signatures meet the legal requirement of being from registered town voters. She said she can’t release the exact number of valid signatures until the protest period has passed.

Protestors have until July 26 to contest the petitions. Hypothetically speaking, Speakman said grounds for protesting the petitions could include allegations that a petition sat at a business rather than being actively circulated, or that an individual who circulated a petition wasn’t the person who signed the affidavit on the back of the petition.

Speakman said if no protest is received by July 26, the Town Board could vote Aug. 9 to place a question on the Nov. 1 ballot. If a protest is filed by the deadline, Speakman has 20 days to hold a hearing and five more days to make a ruling on the protest.

The petitions were submitted by Palisade residents Jacob and Dominica Steele.

Palisade has the only medical marijuana center, Colorado Alternative Health Care, operating in Mesa County.


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