Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Planning Commission may zone 69 MMJ centers out of business

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Note: For an update on the Commission's meeting, click here.


In its most recent draft of potential medical marijuana-related zoning regulations, the city Planning Commission has changed its guidelines to request "that the definition of a school be expanded to also include preschool and the principal campus of a college, university or seminary. As a result, approximately 200 preschools and eight colleges are being added ..." (See the full proposed regulations in the PDF below.)

Additionally, the initially proposed 400-foot buffer from schools, colleges, universities or seminaries has been increased 1,000 feet, a difference that Tanya Garduno, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, fears may drive some 69 MMJ centers out of business.

"I’ve asked for numbers from city planning on how many more centers will be forced to close but I’m not sure they will have them prior to Thursday’s meeting," Garduno writes in an e-mail. "This means hundreds of people out of work, hundreds of broken leases, hundreds of various broken contracts, and thousands of patients left without their selected and trusted centers."

Notably, the proposal does not include churches, as Commissioner Janet Suthers had previously proposed.

The Planning Commission will meet this Thursday, at 8 a.m., at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center (click here for directions). Previous meetings have lasted all day, so pack a lunch.


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