Monday, June 28, 2010

Drug treatment center files complaint against dispensary

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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In an e-mail to the city, Lyn Harwell, CEO of drug treatment organization Springs Rescue Mission, says he has "serious concerns with the pre-application process in regard to a medical marijuana center that is currently under construction on the corner of South Tejon Street and East Las Vegas Street."

The facility is located 383 feet from Springs Rescue Mission’s drug and alcohol recovery center for men, where 45 residents are housed in a 24/7, 12- to 18-month residential recovery program. The facility is located 257 feet from a building that SRM owns and is leased to Peak Addiction Recovery Center for aftercare and transition housing for men in alcohol and drug recovery. Up to 16 residents live at this location.

Harwell goes on to cite state and city ordinances prohibiting MMCs from being located within 400 feet of a drug treatment center, and says, "a marijuana cultivation license at this location may likely face considerable opposition from surrounding property owners and neighborhood groups."

The center in question is newly opened Top Shelf Medicine, located at 1105 S. Tejon St. Calls have been made to Springs Rescue Mission, and Top Shelf; this post will be updated with responses.

Full e-mail text after the jump.

To: Kathryn Young, City Clerk Colorado Springs
Patricia Kelly, City Attorney Colorado Springs

We have serious concerns with the pre-application process in regard to the Medical Marijuana Center that is currently under construction on the corner of South Tejon and East Las Vegas St. We believe the two addresses are 1105 and 1115 South Tejon. The buildings are not clearly identified. They are located on either side of Continental Cleaners which is found at 1109 South Tejon.

The facility is located 383 feet from Springs Rescue Mission’s drug and alcohol recovery center for men, where 45 residents are housed in a 24/7, 12 to 18 month residential recovery program. The facility is located 257 ft from a building that SRM owns and is leased to Peak Addiction Recovery Center for aftercare and transition housing for men in alcohol and drug recovery. Up to 16 residents live at this location.

In reviewing this information we used the requirements set forth in HB 10-1284 and the Springsview search tool on the City’s website and the FAQ — Medical Marijuana Centers.

According to ordnances and guidelines, a Medical Marijuana Center is not appropriate in this location and we would ask the City Clerk and City Attorney to rescind and cancel the current application and cease any further construction until this matter can be resolved. A marijuana cultivation license at this location may likely face considerable opposition from surrounding property owners and neighborhood groups.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely
Lyn Harwell
Chief Operations Officer
Springs Rescue Mission

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