Election 2018Hot Sheet

Colo. town trustee resigns 2 days after winning election

Author: Associated Press - April 13, 2018 - Updated: April 13, 2018

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farm tariffsThe vineyards in Palisade are a center for fruit growing. (Mark Harden, Colorado Politics)

A trustee in the Western Colorado town of Palisade has announced that he is resigning less than 48 hours after winning the election.

Jesse Loughman says he is giving up the Palisade office so he can keep his five marijuana licenses. He owns Palisade’s only retail and medical marijuana stores.

The Daily Sentinel reports Palisade trustees are the licensing authority for the town’s marijuana businesses and therefore cannot hold a marijuana license.

Loughman submitted his resignation on Thursday after learning the rules.

He had also been elected by his fellow trustees to serve as mayor pro-tem and would have been responsible for assuming mayoral duties in the mayor’s absence.

Mayor Roger Granat says Jessica Bond, the candidate with the next most votes, will be taking Loughman’s place.

Palisade, located east of Grand Junction, is best known for its peaches and wine grapes.

Associated Press