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Medical marijuana: Opening of The Clinic's Highlands location delayed over zoning issues

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Owners of a day care center on 32nd Avenue told 9News reporter Will Ripley on Monday that they were "shocked" to find out The Clinic was opening its third medical marijuana center down the street. Their gripe, they say, is that the shop violates a Denver ordinance that forces MMCs to stay more than 1,000 feet from schools, day care facilities and residential areas.

The daycare owners say they found out about the shop 800 feet from their front door from an advertisement in the local newspaper just five days before The Clinic was to hold its grand opening last Saturday in the large, weed-green and yellow Victorian house-turned-storefront down the street.

Given the 200-feet disparity, The Clinic would likely not be allowed to open based on how the city has treated the zoning laws so far. Earlier this year, we reported on City Park Dispensary on Colfax being forced to close for being roughly 900 feet from a juvenile halfway house.

But the 9 News report also shows that, distance aside; the shop isn't necessarily being made to feel welcome in the area.

"I think it could hurt the general neighborhood," one of the daycare owners said. "Parents looking to move in might think twice if just down the street is a dispensary." Other neighbors expressed their concerns, noting that "impressionable" children walk up and down the strip that is also home to numerous shops, restaurants, bars and liquor stores.

Aubrey Cornelius, spokeswoman for The Clinic, was mum about how the oversight may have occurred, but emphasized that the center never intended to sneak anything under the radar or do anything illegal. She said they hope to find a solution with the city and the daycare soon.

Check back for updates. In the meantime, here's the 9News report:

Click to check out William Breathes's review of The Clinic's Colfax location.



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nazmunnaher
nazmunnaher

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome.We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.(All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com 

Dilaudid Abuse
Dilaudid Abuse

Business Listing Information for Hatch Wellness Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary inHighlands Ranch, CO by Yellowbook.

Guest
Guest

I feel sorry for the children who attend All In A Days Play.  Not because of their proximity to the dispensary, but because they're being educated and looked after by apparent biggots.

Guest
Guest

What exactly are Trumbull and Hanson shocked about?  They think having a dispensary 800 feet away would cause damage that 200 feet extra would mitigate?  Trumbull and Hanson didn't notice that a dispensary was opening in the area until after seeing an advertisment, but somehow toddlers will be noticing and be affected?  Please. 

Robert
Robert

I am shocked that Highlands patronizes an establishment such as All in a Day's Play -- are children being locked in a dark room for fear of their encountering something provocative?  Do Trumbull and Hanson strap their charges down to prevent them from injuring themselves?  What dark crimes are they trying to cover up with this posturing about cannabis?

P.S.  Gordon, you're an idiot!

HardFacts
HardFacts

One only needs to read the predictable and inevitable whining gripes of the MMJ community to see that they will never wield the power of "big pharma" because of greed, infighting, and infantile ranting.  Even Ecodude acknowledges the power of organization, collective money, lobbying, and positive public perception.  You'll never have that.  Whine away or pound sand.  Same result.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

This MMC is nearly 3 FOOTBALL FIELDS away, and they are implying that these kids will see this green building and know what it is about.  THEY ARE IN DAY CARE.  Do you think they are going to walk in and get a joint by themselves?  

I wonder if the day care is even legal.  It is probably out of someone's house like the one that closed down Lowry Leaf.  It is funny how the propaganda is effecting these sheep. 

Ecodude
Ecodude

In the years before I beganusing MMJ, my surgeons and pain docs prescribed to me a whole list of narcoticsfor pain; vicodin, morphine, dilaudid, percoset, on and on.  Pretty heavy stuff.  Highly addictive and potentially deadlysubstances.

So in thosedays, my wife (who wasn’t the patient and wasn’t even required to show ID muchless have a state approved card) would drive down to the pharmacy at KingSoopers, walk up to the counter and buy serious OPIATES, throw a treat formy kid in the same bag, and walk out the door hand in hand, past the GirlScouts selling cookies, into a parking lot that was SHARED BY A DAY CARE CENTER!

All this is okand totally acceptable in our society, because big pharma has gotten their cutand used a good portion of it to buy our political system and brainwash theelectorate.

But GOD FORBIDthat someone would sell a non addictive, not lethal herb that has been usedmedicinally for over 5000 years within 800 FEET of a day care center where kidsare being dosed with sugar bombs and artificially flavored cool aid all daylong.  Oh the horror!

Honestly.  What a huge steaming pile of horse shit.  The absurdity in our culture absolutely blows myever lovin’ mind on a daily basis.

Fletch
Fletch

These Highlands yuppie clowns are total freak shows.

Ecodude
Ecodude

Actually, no I didn't.

I acknowledged the absurdity and tragedy of corporate greed and immoral manipulation, the corruption and misuse of legislative powers by our elected officials for their own illegitimate private gain, and the ignorance and complacency of a populace in a TV induced coma that is more interested in eating a happy meal and taking a pill to get a boner rather than achieving true health and wellbeing.

You read my comments and seem to think these things are valuable and something the MMJ community should want, but will never have.  Fine.  You can keep it.  My moral compass points in a different direction than yours.

As far as organization, lobbying, and positive public perception are concerned, one would only have to look at how much closer to legalization we are than just 10 years ago to confirm that all this "whining" as you call it has caused serious change.  16 states and DC have passed MMJ laws.  10 are pending.  Ron Paul and Barney Frank have introduced federal legislation to legalize marijuana for the first time.  Every single year, the number of voters in favor of legalization increases. California almost passed it by the closest margin in history.  That's positive public opinion, and it is growing steadily.

What you consider gripes, others consider activism. It is the cornerstone of democracy. We will legalize with the blessing of the majority will in this country one day, but it will take time.  Women's suffrage took over 100 years to achieve.  We will achieve our goals in half that time. btw -  Many naysayers considered suffragette activists to be irritating whiners as well.

Meanwhile, you'll be coming home from your corporate job to choke down your happy meal while watching "Idol" and pulling your Johnson while those of us with something at stake got off their asses and did the heavy lifting.  

And those are the Hard Facts, brother.

NotFletch
NotFletch

And by "Highlands yuppie clowns" you mean established, hardworking, small business owners like the daycare provider that was there first?

Yes, we should rid the city of all such total freak shows in favor of marijuana dispensaries everywhere.

A fight with a daycare is not a fight you want to pick.  You'll lose not only the zoning fight (against a limitation that has been Constitutionally upheld), but you'll lose alot of generally indifferent supporters along the way.

HardFacts
HardFacts

Ahahahahaha!, right, you're modern-day suffragettes!  I'm sure the "we're Rosa Parks" defense will win the zoning battle for you.  You really should be marching in the streets singing "We Shall Overcome." 

When the backlash resulting from the infighting, insults, and attacks on established business and property owners hits the "movement", your heightened state of self-importance will sustain you while you continue to do the "heavy lifting."  The rest of us will pull our Johnsons.  That's more productive.

Fletch, maybe??? ;)
Fletch, maybe??? ;)

Thanks for proving my point! People in that neighborhood have such a hard on about every little thing that rubs them the wrong way, as documented here on Westword: http://goo.gl/PkTXJIf you knew the folks over at the Clinic, you would know that they run an incredibly professional business and are best practice leaders in an otherwise shady industry. They raise TONS of money for charities, especially MS. If I were in the neighborhood, I'd be thrilled to have the Clinic move in. 

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

ummm, idiot.... 

a daycare and a dispensary (and maybe even an ice cream shop and a liquor store) can all operate in the same block and the world won't end. I hope patients in the area keep an eye on that daycare to be sure they are following ALL regs, because MUCH more damage has come to young people in daycares, than dispensaries. 

Ecodude
Ecodude

I would encourage anyone who has friends in the states battling for MMJ or full legalization to take a working vacation to help collect signatures.  It's amazing fun and we can become myopic in our own world here in Colorado.  Truth is, we are way ahead of the game in comparison to some.  

In addition to the 16 states and DC that already have MMJ laws in place, 10 States currently have full legalization bills pending.   Another handful have pending bills for MMJ.  States like Washington, West Virginia, Kansas, Arkansas and many others are currently working petitions to get initiatives on ballots. Montana is collecting signatures to suspend new restrictions.  And of course Colorado is pushing initiatives for full legalization as well as filing lawsuits against current regulations.

Get involved at home.  Call your friends in other states and help each other out.  I've been in several groups and I can tell you there is a hell of a lot more support and unity and not remotely as much infighting amongst the grass roots activists as some would have you believe, and support is coming from all political ideologies, as is evidenced by HR2306 proposed by Barney Frank and Ron Paul. This movement is quickly reaching critical mass nationwide.  Any one of you can help push it over the hill.

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

good for you! way to do the work in WA! 

a reply a week out is not really abnormal though. (you realize if you set up an account, replies come by email. )

Ecodude
Ecodude

Hahahaha!  YES! Liked!

I KNEW it.  5 days later and you can't stand not having the last word.I like you man - you're easy to bait.  Thanks for helping me win 10 bucks.By the way, I traveled to Spokane over the 4th and helped friends collect over 1500 more signatures for I-1149.  They are on track to get in on the November ballot - final count is due Friday.  How was your weekend, Mr. Productive?

HardFacts
HardFacts

Yes, I did...and yet I continue to be more productive than you.

Ecodude
Ecodude

You said it, not me, Jackoff.

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

really, what is going to help the movement is time. In 5 or 10 years, people in Colorado will be used to marijuana and they will look back on this with disgust. Our politicians are way behind the populace in acceptance.

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