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Hopkins wants off Colorado city’s marijuana petition

A marijuana plant being grown for propagation thrives under artificial light March 30, 2000, at a home near Vancouver, Canada. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A marijuana plant being grown for propagation thrives under artificial light March 30, 2000, at a home near Vancouver, Canada. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Much of the proceeds of a Boulder, Colorado, ballot petition to tax recreational marijuana would benefit Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Health Security.

There’s just one problem: Johns Hopkins does not want the money.

“We would not have accepted, nor did we ever intend to accept, funds raised from new taxes proposed in this ballot initiative,” said Nick Alexopulos, a spokesman for the Hopkins center. “We are grateful to those who consider the work of our center, including our efforts in pandemic preparedness planning, worth supporting.”

The center is trying to have its name removed from the ballot petition.

The Boulder petition would have raised about $2.5 million by taxing recreational marijuana sales in the city. Of the revenues raised, 45 percent would have gone to the Center for Health Security, reported the Boulder Daily Camera.

The organizers of the petition spoke with the center about its work, but Hopkins never agreed to have its name put on the ballot or to receive the funds, Alexopulos said.

“The ballot initiative supporters contacted us because of their interest in pandemic preparedness,” he said. “We discussed the center’s work, but we did not agree to being included in this petition.”

If Hopkins is removed from the ballot petition, signatures must be recollected for the language, the Boulder city clerk told the Daily Camera.

Petition signatures are due to the city by June 8.

Update: The Daily Camera reports that the group backing the initiative petition has dropped its effort. Efforts to reach the group organizing the petition drive Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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