Craig retail pot petition fails to get enough signatures
The petition to put a recreational marijuana ordinance on November’s ballot in Craig was unsuccessful.
Sponsored by the Committee to Grow Craig, the petition needed 940 signatures from registered voters to bring the initiative to the ballot box.
Only about 50 to 60 percent of the required signatures were collected, said Shaun Hadley, owner of the Craig’s only medical marijuana store. He’s also one of the committee’s six members.
“I’m trying not to be too disappointed,” Hadley said. “I’m super proud of the whole committee and what we accomplished here just doing this in our spare time.”
Hadley said this first attempt to petition an ordinance onto the ballot was a revealing experience and Grow Craig hopes to bring in additional resources in the future.
“If we had the money to go out and collect signatures the way some professional companies are able to do, I think we easily could have gotten the signatures,” he said. “It’s just lack of experience and funds — not a lack of interest in the community.”
In 2014, Moffat County residents opted to keep retail marijuana out of the county with 2,860 voting no and 2,011 voting yes.
The ordinance sought to allow three retail locations, four grow sites, one manufacturing facility and one testing site in the city of Craig.
Moving forward after the failed petition, the Committee to Grow Craig plans to take their case in front of Craig City Council and request the ordinance be placed on the ballot, regardless of signatures.
Craig Mayor Ray Beck said the group has the right to bring the issue before council and the councilmembers will discuss the matter when appropriate.
“It’ll be up to the council as individuals representing their community,” he said. “It’s a little premature right now to engage in that conversation.”
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