When Judy Negley began opening her three medical marijuana centers across Colorado Springs, she never imagined she'd be some kind of premier casualty in a battle between state and federal regulations. But that's just what she is.
As first reported by the Gazette, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, the Indispensary center located downtown, and nearly across the street from Palmer High School, will close under threat of prosecution from the state U.S. Attorney's office. The center is the first, and only, dispensary in the city to have been issued such an edict, though more are coming.
The closure is a blow, as we've previously talked with Negley about potentially moving her center before the deadline. Even a story from Education News Colorado about the lack of marijuana flowing into Palmer came too late.
"Our future is a little bit undetermined at the moment," Negley says today in a phone conversation. "There’s hopefully a way that we can ultimately move the location; that’s without having to make a whole new application on July 1, but we’re waiting on word from [the state] right now."
The co-owner of the center, as well as Independent Records and Video, says the remaining inventory shouldn't put her other two centers over the patient-medication limit, but the plants in the grow house are a different story. The state could allow them to keep them in lieu of opening a new location, or it could order them destroyed.
"It’s such a ... what’s the word I’m looking for — I’m kind of out of words at this point but ... trying not to use [curse words], trying not to go all Bob Knight on somebody," Negley says with resigned frustration. "It’s just so inconclusive."