Friday, March 23, 2012

More MMJ-center closures ordered by Colorado U.S. attorney

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

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Multiple media outlets are reporting that, as Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh has been promising for some time, a second wave of 25 letters ordering medical marijuana centers located within 1,000 feet of schools to close within 45 days has gone out across the state.

This move comes on the heels of Walsh's response to a letter from Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett calling on Walsh to stop targeting dispensaries.

In a letter dated March 20, Walsh wrote that, after information showing marijuana abuse by young people had spiked in the last few years, his office "concluded that our responsibility — as federal law enforcement officials, and also as Coloradans living in the vey Colorado communities impacted by these alarming trends — required a response."

We've contacted U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner for more on this second wave of Walsh's "response," but have yet to hear back. Westword did reach Dorschner, who told them there will definitely be one more wave of letters, and possibly more.

It's thought that only a few Colorado Springs businesses are affected by the parameters of the office's request; one could be infused-products manufacturer Discreet Treats, which has a location near Space Technology and Arts Academy on Airport Road. So far, though, co-owner William Prince hasn't received anything in the mail.

"I'm not much worried about it because I did my final inspection with the MMED [Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division], so I'll get my state license and then I'll be able to move if it does happen," says Prince when reached by the Indy.

So far, the downtown location of Indispensary is the only local center forced to close.

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