Thank you to DDI and the voters for approving Measures 2A-2D. Unofficial voting results are below.
2A: 68.5 to 31.5 percent
2B: 58.3 to 41.7 percent
2C: 65.9 to 34.1 percent
2D: 59.7 to 40.3 percent
On September 18, the Downtown Denver, Inc. Board of Directors voted to endorse Denver Measure 2A, a local sales tax on recreational marijuana sales, as well as Denver Measures 2B, 2C, and 2D, a series of “good government” changes to the City Charter. These initiatives will be on the November 5, 2013 ballot in the City and County of Denver.
Last year, Downtown Denver, Inc. (DDI) took a position against Amendment 64 (statewide legalization of recreational marijuana). Since its passage, an eleven member task force representing the Downtown Denver Partnership has been engaged in the development of implementation policies. To protect the Downtown environment, funding is necessary to educate and enforce the rules and regulations associated with recreational marijuana. This is why DDI fully supports the creation of this dedicated tax on recreational marijuana sales. The tax will start at 3.5% and will raise an initial $4.48 million annually to provide education and prevention programs for children, provide treatment and diversion programs, and fund public safety officers and licensing personnel. The City Council will have the ability to raise this tax legislatively up to 15%.
Downtown Denver, Inc. has also traditionally supported good government initiatives and, as such, has taken a supportive position on Denver Measures 2B, 2C and 2D. These measures will help remove restrictive and archaic language in the City Charter to help strengthen innovation, investment and hiring practices within the city.
To learn more about the Measure 2A-2D Campaign, please visit www.yesfordenver.com
Photo credit: Thaddeus Roan