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Denver City Council committee moves forward with medical marijuana zoning proposal

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A revised version of a proposed Denver city ordinance that, according to attorney Warren Edson, would have closed 137 of Denver's 150 medical marijuana grow operations, and potentially dispensaries associated with them, passed through Denver City Council's Special Issues Committee this afternoon.

Medical marijuana advocates had argued that councilmember Judy Montero's initial proposal would have prevented grandfathering in grow operations currently operating in areas whose zoning was recently changed. State law stipulates that all dispensaries must grow at least 70 percent of their medicine, and many grow operations were set up before the city had a chance to amend its new zoning code. Because of that, many facilities are located in what are now considered non-conforming locations.

The proposal that made it out of committee is a combination of Montero's plan and a proposal by councilman Chris Nevitt that would allow a currently operating location to be grandfathered in for two years until its license is up for renewal. At that point, owners would have to go to a hearing at the Department of Excise and Licenses to determine if the grow could remain open for another two years before its license would again be up for renewal. The compromise plan would also allow for ownership of the grow facility to change hands under certain circumstances, such as through the sale of the associated dispensary, corporate restructuring or death of the owner.

The Montero-Nevitt proposal was debated for nearly two hours before it passed through the committee. Several other amendments raised at the meeting did not make it. Among them: a proposal that would have required liability insurance for dispensaries, and another that would have made the city rules stricter than those of the state, prohibiting grow facilities and edibles manufacturers from operating within 1,000 feet of a school.

Since last year, council has been working to align city codes passed last January with the new state laws that regulate medical marijuana. The full Denver City Council will hold a public hearing on the current proposal on February 14.

For more of our medical marijuana coverage, go to theMarijuana archives.

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Rockymtncannabisadvocate
Rockymtncannabisadvocate

This has to be the most anti-business regulation I have ever heard of.

The MMC, and OGP's owners need to take this to vote if this passes the Council.

Be prepared to spend $150,000 on gathering the signatures alone. That's not much per operation. Think about it. Then do it.

Solutions
Solutions

let's put cameras on all porn transactions and let's make sure they are sold 1000 feet away from children, because we want to protect our children from true evil. If the city council is serious about documentation, start with the slim and sin industry b/c there is nothing more destructive to our youth than DISHONEST ADULTS, I'm talking to you Montero.

Wanda James
Wanda James

Respectful? Perhaps it is time that City Council and the State respect us for bailing their ass out at a tune of $9 Million to help balance their mismanaged budget. It is also time for a little respect of the jobs we have created and the estimated $21 Million in fees and taxes. Yeah, I say we talk about respect!!!

Wanda James

The Releaf Center
The Releaf Center

Please take the time to respectfully let the city council know that you are opposed to the Montero/Nevitt proposal. Public comment is absolutely necessary as this issue has been very contentious throughout committee and hardly a done deal. Make your voice heard: http://www.denvergov.org/cityc...

Happy with Simply Pure
Happy with Simply Pure

Wanda,

I can't believe anyone would question your motives, but plain and simple there are plenty of imbeciles out there. I don't know you (would like to) but I know Simply Pure. Just the quality of the Simply Pure products alone speaks volumes of your interest in the patients. I just got two of them last week and left my previous dispensary because I noticed they didn't have quality products.

There are always self-righteous people, who say they are for the patient, but then you look at the ABSOLUTE &#$T they sell that tastes like bong water. Maybe they’re well intentioned but that doesn't cut it. You WILL reap what you sow, and what you're sowing right now is incredibly exciting and I hope you and the industry are rewarded handsomely.

BS Detector
BS Detector

yeh wanda is patient centered - that's why simply pure sells their edibles for 20 bucks each! way to look out for the patients! You are a scam artist nothing more.

patient
patient

Wanda wants some respect! What a joke. Where is your respect for your or ANY patients? You helped write hb1284 with Josh Stanley and Matt Brown and CMMR.

A note book with patient info from your dispensary was found next to a dumpster. The new owner said it was your old paperwork. You said it was theirs. But we never got any verification. Either way, you SOLD your PATIENTS info to a careless new owner or you lost it yourself--either way you did not protect your patients. And how did they feel when you sold them to someone else after you helped hinder their access to caregivers and stomped on their rights via hb1284.

Didn't see you at the DoR hearings last week. Missed an easy opportunity to speak up for patient privacy.

What goes around comes around
What goes around comes around

Once again, another quote from Wanda James when she talks all about the business, but never once mentions the patients. It is greedy business owners like her that is causing the hammer to come down on patients. You reap what you sow, Wanda!

DenverMMJJay
DenverMMJJay

Thank you for being such a professional member of the MMJ community. I wish that more people were like The Releaf Center, and less like Wanda James of Simply Pure. This is why I like to patron The Releaf Center.

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