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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With a vote on the issue looming, Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach made it clear he would veto any action that would not lead to a ban on commercial marijuana sales within the city limits.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs City Council is expected to discuss two possible options Tuesday: banning retail sales of marijuana for recreational use, or allowing sales, but delaying them until after the November election when Colorado voters will be asked to tax the sales of marijuana for recreational use.

If the second option is chosen, Bach will exercise his veto rights, he told the newspaper. It would take a two-thirds vote to overturn that veto, and most believe the council does not have the numbers to make that possible.

All of this comes in the wake of the passage of Amendment 64, which made it legal for Coloradans over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use. The measure passed by just 10 votes in El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located.

At the state level, Amendment 64 passed with 55 percent of the vote. However, that hasn’t stopped more than 20 Colorado cities from banning marijuana sales for recreational use.

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