Calm before the storm
With U.S. Attorney John Walsh's approaching deadline for the 23 Colorado medical marijuana centers located within 1,000 feet of schools to have moved or closed, we checked in with the office for any updates.
"No update," writes spokesman Jeff Dorschner in an e-mail. The only Colorado Springs center targeted for the Feb. 26 deadline is Indispensary (123 E. Bijou St., indispensary.com), where an employee says management has checked out 27 alternative sites, but not yet decided on one.
When we asked Dorschner if they would notify the public when centers were prosecuted, he responded, "For officer safety and operational reasons, we will not publicly release information regarding stores that are open that will be the subject of an enforcement action. This is especially true prior to the enforcement action."
Lastly, we asked about a rumor that the U.S. Attorney's next target would be centers located within 1,000 feet of public parks.
"My response is our focus is stores 1,000 feet from schools — public and private, elementary through college," writes Dorschner.
Clerk: Getting there
Another check-in, this one with the City Clerk's office on the processing of MMJ center applications:
"Of the initial 122 Medical Marijuana Business applications submitted, 86 applications are in various stages of the review process," writes Lee McRae, the license enforcement officer in charge of medical marijuana, in an e-mail. "Fifteen applications have been approved and forwarded to the State Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) for license approval; two applicants have been granted and issued licenses; 13 applications have either been denied or withdrawn, which leaves 36 applications still awaiting initial review and processing."
Asked when the city anticipates finishing the process, McRae would only say "no specific deadline of completing the application review is available."
Another media company shines its light on our MMJ scene when National Geographic begins airing its new series American Weed at 8 p.m., Wednesday.
Besides Denver police, the show focuses on the Stanley brothers, a veritable juggernaut in Colorado. While oldest brother Josh and his Denver dispensary are featured, viewpoints from his family are also given to illustrate some of the struggles in the state: "Five other Stanley brothers make up the growing team supplying medicine for Indispensary in Colorado Springs," writes Mandy Christensen of sister company Independent Records and Video in an e-mail.
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