Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DOJ says all notified MMJ centers have closed

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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The Department of Justice confirmed today that all 25 medical marijuana centers notified to close because of their proximity to a school, in this second wave of letters from Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh, have done so.

"The deadline for the 25 marijuana stores to close was Monday, May 7, 2012," reads a press release. "The U.S. Attorney Office’s partner in this initiative, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has now checked each facility and confirms that all 25 locations have closed."

The Indy hasn't had a firm number on the number of Colorado Springs centers affected by the most recent round of closure letters, but we did report that Westwide Wellness Center was trying to sell in response, and noticed Altitude Organic Medicine has moved from its location on West Colorado Avenue to 523 S. Tejon St., though we haven't been able to reach the owners yet to confirm the reason. In the initial round of letters, the downtown location of Indispenary was the only local center forced to close.

And of course, like all things MMJ, this isn't the end of it.

"The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA will continue this initiative until all marijuana stores within 1,000 feet of a school are closed," says the release. "A third wave of warning letters will be forthcoming as marijuana stores are identified within this 1,000 foot 'drug-free school zone.' If members of the public have information regarding a marijuana store they believe is within 1,000 feet of a school in their neighborhood or elsewhere they are encouraged to send an email to usaco.jwalsh@usdoj.gov."

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