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Aurora reverses itself on pot hospitality measure when second vote comes up short

Aurora appeared to extinguish the idea this week of being the among the first cities in Colorado to allow people to light up a joint in smoking lounges, tasting rooms and rolling weed buses, with the City Council narrowly rejecting new pot hospitality rules it had embraced just three weeks earlier.

The measure went down Monday night on a 5-5 tie, which by city rules means an ordinance fails. Mayor Mike Coffman, who is only allowed to vote to create or break a tie, cast the tying vote.

Due to the tie, it must go before the council a third time — Sept. 27 — giving it one last opportunity to pass should any council member change their mind. Councilwoman Marsha Berzins was the flip vote on Monday, having initially supported the measure Aug. 23 when it passed 6-3.

Aurora’s new rules would have allowed the establishment of pot lounges, either in brick and mortar form or on wheels. Depending on the business, customers would have been able to purchase marijuana at the location or bring their own weed.

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