Q: Yo Dr. R: I just moved up to Fort Collins
from Denver and I have noticed
that many of the dispensaries here
have to adhere to a different set of
rules than what I was used to down in
Denver. Why is Fort Collins different?
A: Dear Politics After Dark: The reason
why Fort Collins is different is because
of the local municipality that governs
the city. Essentially every town in
Colorado is governed by their own city
council that acts as the legislative branch of
the city government. In Fort Collins, the city
council is made up of 6 council members and
the mayor. These policy makers are tasked with
enacting city ordinances, appropriating city
funds and offering policy direction to City staff.
These seven people have the final say in enacting
all city ordinances involving recreational
marijuana. This is why you see small changes
in the law from town-to-town in Colorado. City
Council members serve four-year terms, while
the mayor serves a two-year term. Every two
years the city of Fort Collins holds elections for
three of the six districts as well as the mayor.
On April 7th, 2015 the city will hold elections for
districts 2, 4, 6 and the mayor. It is very important
to stay informed and know the candidates
that are running because they play a very vital
role in many decisions affecting the community.
For more information or to find out what
district you currently live in please visit www.
Q: What’s Up Dr. R: So with the upcoming
election how does one go about
voting? How do I know if I am even
A: Dear First-Timer: The city of Fort Collins
conducts all of its regular municipal elections
thru a mail-in balloting system. To
receive a mail-in ballot you must be an
active, registered elector who has lived
within the Fort Collins city limits for at least 29
days prior to the election date. If you are registered
in Fort Collins you should receive your
mail-in ballot no later than 15 days before the
April 7 election (March 23). All ballots must
be mailed-in and received; or dropped off at
the City Clerk’s office by 7pm on April 7. There
will also be an on-site polling place located in
the City Clerk’s office on the day of the election.
If you are not currently registered to vote
the deadline is March 16 to do so. After that
date you will not be able to participate in the
upcoming election. To find out if you are registered
to vote you can go to or call the City
Clerk’s office at 970-221-6515.


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