Delta votes on legalizing marijuana

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The City of Delta is looking to legalize marijuana shops and grows during the midterm elections.

It was on the ballot back in 2011 but failed, election night will see if the sentiment towards recreational pot has changed. So far, there have been a lot of mixed reactions.

"I mean, there's a lot of changes that Delta needs, but for the most part, we need the growth. We need to welcome any and all possibilities,” said Stephanie Rapoza, who is in favor of legal pot in the City of Delta.

Delta County residents have a lot to vote on this year, in fact, their ballot is four pages long and has 13 propositions and amendments. The ballot hasn't been this long since back in 2008.

"For an election like this, a midterm election, we consistently get anywhere from 65-75 percent,” said Rene Loy Maas, Chief Deputy, Delta County Elections Office.

Delta County has more than 20,000 voters, 46 percent of those are Republican, 18 percent Democrats and 35 percent unaffiliated.

"It has been busy, this election has garnered a lot of people wanting to vote,” said Loy Maas.

Specific to Delta, Measures 2E, 2F, 2G, and 2H are stirring some controversy.

"Yeah I’m against it,” said Linda Roper, City of Delta voter, who is against legal pot.

The four measures, if passed, would allow retail and medical marijuana stores and growers to open up in the City of Delta.

"The town of Paonia tried it before, we have and medical marijuana was on the ballot back in 2011, but this is the most current since Amendment 64,” said Loy Maas.

Some Delta residents are for it.

"Not only is it beneficial medically, it’s going to get so many people away from opioids,” said Rapoza.

While others in the city are against it.

"For the future, it’s wrong because I’ve heard that kids start with marijuana and then they go to something worse,” said Roper.

If passed, growers would have to follow the Colorado retail marijuana code and other state rules. Meaning all pot sales would be taxed.

"Mainly because our town so desperately needs the tax revenue for it, we want change, we got to be the one to start it I guess,” said Rapoza.

The Delta courthouse, North Fork Annex in Hotchkiss, Town of Orchard City, and the Cedaredge library are open to vote until 7 p.m. on November 6th.

To read more on the ballot click the link to the right of this page.

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