Fort Collins group petitions to ban medical marijuana centers

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If a group of Fort Collins residents gets its way, patient access to medical marijuana in the northern Colorado college town could be severely limited. The Concerned Fort Collins Citizens (CFCC) filed a petition to ban pot shops on Tuesday, handing in more than 7,500 signatures. If they're deemed legit, the Fort Collins City Council will hold a hearing on the request on August 16 -- and could decide to put a proposed ban on the ballot in November.

Terri Gomez, founder of Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods, which opposes the petition, notes that past city council decisions have pretty much favored medical marijuana businesses; she expects this to go to the voters.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are 8,508 registered medical marijuana patients in Larimer County and roughly 11,000 in nearby Boulder County, where several cities have outlawed pot shops. That's made Fort Collins something of a pot-shop destination town, and banning shops in that town would severely curb the number of safe places to buy medicine, Gomez says.

CFCC is backed by Team Fort Collins, a group that claims marijuana use among teens and crime tied to marijuana in that town is directly related to the 21 dispensaries within city limits. According to its website, "Team Fort Collins' job in this community is substance abuse prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. As such, we are acutely aware of the mounting evidence that marijuana use is increasing among Fort Collins' youth. We believe this is related to the recent advent of the retail sale and growing of medical marijuana."

But Gomez says there's little evidence to support CFCC's claims of increased crime. At a February city council meeting, acting Police Chief Jerry Schiager testified that no significant increase in crime could be directly tied to medical marijuana centers.

Gomez points out that the centers are secured, monitored heavily by the city and the state, and only sell to licensed patients. Driving the dispensaries out of business would mean that more patients would grow in their homes, subject to far fewer regulations than the shops are. Others would resort to the black market.

If the ban passes, she concludes, "it would be a travesty for our city residents except for this very narrow group of people."

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Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

The Cartels and underground growers are licking their chops that FoCo passes this ban.  It would be very unwise to pass it.  You will lose money, jobs, and SAFE PATIENT ACCESS.

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

The petition gatherers in this have lied and mislead the people of Ft. Collins. They gathered signatures while wearing Marijuana logo and Tie Dyed Shirts asking people to sign a 'marijuana petition'  Please people read what you are signing!

Robert
Robert

While you're taking deceptive petitioners to task, what's your position on Brian Sonenstein and others claiming that SAFER's initiative would "Legalize marijuana in Colorado"?  Steve Fox stood up in front of the Title Board and told them outright that the intiatives were not about legalization!  The Title Board was considering describing the measure as legalization, but your principals strenuously denied it, and the phrase does not appear in the initiative or its official title.

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

Robert its not about "Legalizing" its about "Regulating and Taxing" a highly traded commodity. Cannabis! Nothing is fully legalized... If i want to grow apples i can but if i want to go sell those apples i can but its regulated how i can sell them. Its the best step forward that the people of Colorado have right NOW.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

We have another year in which to propose a viable initiative -- stop assuming that because one was filed very early, every critic of it is being inappropriately negative.

P.S. See http://coloradoindependent.com... to see how low Mason Tvert will stoop to get a little publicity.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You think.

Sure, speakers should choose language cognizant of their audience, but that does not justify talking out of both sides of their mouths.  crandle, Dave:  go put your question to the appropriate parties and stop assuming that anything they say or do is justified on the grounds of expedience -- I am not calling the measure legalization and objecting to calling it legalization, but I have tried to direct your attention to those who are.  You both seem to have missed my point, which is that people outside the cannabis community may be more sensitive to/suspect of duplicity in the initiative as a result of who is doing the talking.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Is liquor legalized ?  Just asking.  I would say that the average citizen would respond "yes", alcohol is legalized.  That does not mean you can set up a still and market your moonshine.  Or sell your product without any regulation.  There are some similarities to alcohol "legalization" that will make sense to the general public.  The audience is NOT just the mj people.  Think !!! - David

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Why don't we stop calling names and making ambiguous accusations ?  There are a lot of different people involved and a lot of different ideas.  Let's see the biggest complainers actually DO SOMETHING besides complain.  Just because you don't agree doesn't mean you should call anyone names. - David

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You'd better address that question to Steve Fox.

Backers say different things to different people, as is demonstrated by their vociferously objecting to a ballot title describing the intitiative as legalization then turning around and sending e-mails to supporters calling it precisely that.  They imagine that they are cleverly tailoring their language to their audience, but it will backfire when voters (as most activists have already) perceive that they are not to be trusted.

Guest
Guest

The vicente-tvert initiative would give adults 21 and older legal access to marijuana. How is this not a form of marijuana legalization?

Robert
Robert

Here I do not press a semantic point but merely point out that your principals are unprincipled.  I'm not sending out e-mails describing the initiative as legalization; your backers are!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Yes stop and read what your signing. There are a lot of people lying to gather peoples signatures. It's a shame that people have to lie in an attempt to try and get bad proposition passed. 

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

The real question is... Corey how much does the DEA pay you every month???

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Familiarity breeds contempt -- I find Mason and Brian to be completely disingenuous.  As for their initiative, it was filed a year early.  There is plenty of time to file other initiatives and Michelle LeMay already has -- the Review and Comment hearing on Initiative 40 is set for August 1 at 1:30PM in HCR 0109 (basement of the Capitol). 

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

How does it compare to your initiative ?  Just asking.  Very easy to criticize and be negative.  Let's make everyone suspicious and sick and tired of ANY initiative, why don't we ? Do something to HELP and knock off the crap ;-)  I am NOT taking sides - in spite of the accusations, but I have found the MPP/ SAFER/ Sensible people to be honest and hard working for the goal we ALL say we want.  - David

Robert
Robert

One might almost suspect this of MPP/SAFER/Sensible, so inept and defeatist is the language of their initiative.

Robert
Robert

The Ft. Collins nazis are reportedly dressing in imitation tie-dyed shirts and asking people to sign without having read the petition.

Petitioners are asking the City Council to violate state law.  Under the terms of HB10-1284, municipalities were free to enact a ban on state-licensed MMCs until July 1, 2011.  Today is July 22, 2011, and no city may ban duly licensed establishments, not now, and not in November.  Colorado's government is poised between tyranny and anarchy; the frank disregard for the Constitution by the General Assembly and the ignorance and contempt for the Law on the part of towns across Colorado is breathtaking.

Oaff
Oaff

those 7500 people should have their citizenry revoked.

Im sick of waking up to news like this , Colorado is really losing its way.

Robert
Robert

citizenship refers to status as a citizen -- citizenry refers to all citizens

STINGER
STINGER

   WHEN THE PEOPLE VOTED THIS IN IT WAS ACCEPTED BY ALL, NOW IF ANYONE SUCH AS OAFF  CRITICIZE  IT  THEY ARE  SLURRED AND  BAD-MOUTHED"FT COLLINS NAZI'S"   COMMENTS SUCH AS THOSE  DRIVE MORE PEOPLE INTO FAVOR ING  ABOLISHING  DISPENSARIES IN MORE TOWNS,  NICE  MOVE  GUY

Jonathan
Jonathan

Please fucking use correct spelling and take off the caps when you type a statement like that. It makes you look like an idiot.

Robert
Robert

Hey!  I'm the guy who called the deceptive petitioners in Ft. Collins "nazis", and I stand by it -- a majority of Germans in the Weimar Republic voted Adolf Hitler absolute power, and a majority of Americans have voted for fascists who made a nonsense of the Fourth Amendment and gave corporations absolute control over our country.  The largest prison system on Earth is being used to repress innocuous private behavior in the United States; lives are being lost and taken without any possible justification -- most of your fellow citizens ARE nazis!

seriously
seriously

yea just turn those estimated 15,000 people back to the black market, where they can fund the private armies, cartels, and police state, great idea citizens.  We the people definitely need a whole slew of laws before long or all our prisons will wither away!

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