Glenwood Springs: 'Yes' to pot tax and votes in new council members

Apr 4, 2017

Glenwood Springs’ election results are in. Voters want to tax pot and they chose three new council members. Around 5,000 ballots were sent out; a little more than 2,000 came back.

Shelley Kaup won the at-large City Council seat with 811 votes. Charlie Willman came in second, with 724 votes. According to campaign finance reports, Willman led his competition in overall fundraising, although Kaup did raise the most money in the second, most recent period.


The Ward 5 winner is Jonathan Godes with 272 votes. Amber Wissing came in second with 124. Wissing led her competition in fundraising. The Ward 2 candidate, Rick Voorhees, ran unopposed.


Glenwood voters were asked decide on two new taxes on marijuana. Issue 1 passed with 60 percent of the vote. This will instate a 5 percent tax on recreational marijuana sold within the city limits.


Voters also voted yes on Issue 2, which is a 5 percent excise tax on the marijuana being transferred from cultivation and manufacturing facilities to the retail stores within the city.


Kaup, Godes and Voorhees will be sworn in at the April 20 City Council meeting.