Recreational pot hopes go up in smoke for five Colorado towns

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Nine municipalities became the latest Colorado communities to mute a state law that prohibits local governments from providing broadband Internet service, while five towns nixed legalizing recreational pot.

The vote Tuesday in Akron, Fruita, Pagosa Springs and six other towns was part of an election day that involved 117 Colorado municipalities choosing mayors, trustees and council members and deciding on a wide range of local issues.

The broadband pushback is part of an effort by Colorado towns and cities to take on a 2005 law that was designed to ensure that private Internet providers weren’t forced to compete with government-funded data networks in providing high-speed Web service.

Recreational marijuana was also a common theme Tuesday. That issue did not fare so well.

Voters in five communities — Buena Vista, Hotchkiss, Julesburg, Poncha Springs and Silver Cliff — said no to recreational pot sales and cultivation. Only Crestone said yes.

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