Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pueblo's Medimar told to close

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

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The Pueblo Chieftain is reporting that Medimar Ministry has been told to close, despite owner Tom Sexton having transferred ownership of the medical marijuana center to his wife Karen Garnant after a felony conviction.

"We've tried to operate a model [medical marijuana] business, working with the city along the way," Sexton says to the Chieftain. "But if the city insists that this conversation has to take place in court, I guess that's where we'll have it."

Asked about Tuesday's cease-and-desist order, Pueblo City Attorney Tom Florczak said that when Medimar was granted a sales tax license last year, city officials were not aware at the time that it was for a medical marijuana business. That quickly changed when Sexton and other medical marijuana providers challenged City Council's decision last autumn to impose a moratorium on licensing medical marijuana centers.

Sexton told council he would respect that moratorium, but that changed last spring when a Colorado district court ruled against the city of Centennial, which had tried to impose a ban on a marijuana center after previously granting it a license. When that decision was announced, attorneys for Medimar informed The Pueblo Chieftain the business would resume providing marijuana to patients that had designated it as a caregiver.

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