As the world’s attention was focused on the pro-marijuana policies being passed in Alaska and Oregon, ironically enough, Lakewood, Colorado was doing the opposite and passing anti-pot legislation. The citizens of Lakewood voted to ban retail marijuana dispensaries in their city.
When Amendment 64 was passed originally, the city of Lakewood set the precedent that they would give it a year before allowing retail marijuana businesses to settle in their city. As of a few months ago, they were supposed to be permitted starting February 2015. With medical marijuana dispensaries already in place throughout Lakewood and surrounding areas, this would not have been Lakewood’s first experience dealing with pot businesses. However, in at a July 2014 city council meeting, the February 2015 date suddenly didn’t seem so realistic as the argument for a ban on retail pot dispensaries became louder and louder.
According to an article in the Denver Post, during the July council meeting, Lakewood council members banned the mass farming, producing, and testing of marijuana in their town. They also banned the creation of hash-oil products, as well as the establishment of pot-smoking clubs. After setting these bans, they decided to allow voters to decide whether or not banning recreational marijuana businesses altogether should be the next step. And they decided that it was.