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Medical marijuana centers react differently to U.S. Attorney shut-down orders

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Letters from the U.S. Attorneys Office telling medical marijuana centers they have 45 days to shut down or face prosecution went out yesterday.

Some shops are already receiving their ultimatums in the mail.

Samantha Beckmann, manager of Greenest Green in Denver, which is just across the street from Denver's North High School, received her letter this morning. Although she said the shop expected the letter, she didn't think it would have come so soon.

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Greenest Green.
Despite the negative implications of the letters for businesses across the state, Beckmann says she's remaining positive that this could be a good thing for the dispensary. She says the owners had been discussing a move before the letters came, and this just speeds up their process. "We love the clientele here," she says. "But we want to get a spot where we can have a single, standing location, away from schools. We have to keep positive about this."

Julie Postlethwait, spokeswoman for the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, says centers are allowed to move locations only if their local authority allows it, and only within the city under which they were originally licensed. For example, a Denver dispensary can't move to Lakewood. And as attorney Warren Edson pointed out to our Michael Roberts today, finding a spot to move might be tricky.

Postlethwait adds that the MMED has not been involved in the U.S. Attorneys Office investigation so far. In fact, the division was only informed about the letters going out after the public announcement had been made. She says the MMED doesn't even know which dispensaries have received letters. But she stresses that her office will cooperate with the feds and hand over any paperwork needed as well as help destroy any seized marijuana.

Despite not receiving letters yet, several other shops within 1,000 feet of a school in the metro area are already preparing for the worst.

Page down to read more dispensary reactions.


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barney

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DengHoo
DengHoo

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Dazzie Duke
Dazzie Duke

The chief danger in life is sometimes we take to many precautions. So live a little. If you stand in one spot you will not go anywhere.

Somedude
Somedude

↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓     jerk     ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓

Cody Burton
Cody Burton

Like Cannabis or not this is a Colorado issue not a Federal Government issue !

Donkey Hotay's Dog
Donkey Hotay's Dog

The real issue here is not the feds coming to shut down the dispensaries, it's the fact that the dispensaries brought the feds to town and now are too chickenshit to fight back. They taunted the feds with their storefront California marijuana stores and neon pot leafs, and now they have the nerve to whine and complain that the feds actually reacted to them?!?! What a bunch of idiots! Did they really think the Drug War had ended overnight and all of a sudden, the DEA was "ok" with them selling ganja on the street corners? Of course, they only listened to the DEA shills at MMIG who told them that Matt Cook was their savior and would hold off the big, bad DEA (being a former DEA agent himself). As my master says, you reap what you sow. This is where greed gets you -- 40 years in federal prison. Thanks for bringing the feds to town, you losers.

MMIG is PIGS
MMIG is PIGS

BUT BUT the City of Denver's "MMIG created" MMJ Working Group was supposed to take care of all this.... BUT BUT....

MMIG is a joke. Take another toke.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

This is just the beginning. EVERY MMC will face this same problem. They are just starting small so that the MMCs don't band together and fight this. Call Governor Hickenlooper EVERY DAY AT Phone (303) 866-2471, and tell him to stand up with us. 

Patients will lose SAFE access to the medicine they need. This will harm us all. We need everyone in this fighting. We are the 23.

Guest
Guest

its funny the over reaction. i mean the second guy in the article doesn't even want to be located where he's located at. the kids selling outside his door is the exact reason why they have the rule, to deter kids. is it a fix everything? no. is it fair? well they don't allow liquor stores or porn shops by schools either as far as i understand. the first people they have the idea "well we wanted to move anyway" SEE there ya go! for the second guy: start delivering so you can rent a house and buy a good car. damn. that was difficult! and we all feel oppressed. at least this isn't texas!! some kid is going to prison for life over some hash and less than an oz of meds.

KaDargo
KaDargo

So, as kids and young adults start making the rational choice to use a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol, the federal government's response is to once again steer them toward alcohol by attempting to reduce access to cannabis.  Wonderful.

Monkey
Monkey

Move somewhere else? Really? The feds have told you they know you're breaking the law and are willing to look the other way if you go away, what other criminals do they do that too? You move somewhere else and they will take you down with a second offense, they can now easily prove you repeatedly and knowingly broke the law. There is no place in Colorado that's safe from the feds no matter how much you have invested or what you hope for. Growers go back underground and the green-rush investors looking for easy money need to go somewhere else. The government doesn't care about weed, they care about loosing control.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"But Julie Postlethwait stresses that her office will cooperate with the feds and hand over any paperwork needed [to the DEA] ..."

LOL! ... the greedy, delusional pot dispensary clowns have been supplying criminal evidence against themselves to the MMED ... and PAYING $1000s for the privilege of self-incrimination !

Remember, under Federal law -- for which there is NO MMJ defense -- cultivation of over 100 plants, or possession/sale of 100+ lbs gets a MANDATORY 5 year prison sentence.

Do that within 1000 feet of a school and the prison sentence is 10 years MINIMUM!

Rob Corry sure talks tough with other people's lives ...

Bruno
Bruno

Why would you invite the feds to town and not fight back when they start messing with you? The dispensaries brought this all down on themselves by thinking the feds were on their side. Now they think that they'll just move a few feet over and they'll be OK?? Does this dispensary owner have a state license yet? What gives them the authority to sell pot under state law OR federal law?

patriot
patriot

the law is a pendulum constantly swinging one way, or the other. victory is never fully accomplished in a society where two opposites are always pulling on the rope. the persistent creature wins the race...see the tortoise.do not lose hope over this, we all knew the feds and the state powers that be that don't appreciate the medicinal benefits of marijuana would not stop....why would we!!!

when the time comes AMERICA will call on it's experienced patriots to protect the republic......

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The criminal injustice system became more of a threat to our lives and liberties than common criminals long ago.  The United States of America, supposed "land of the free", already imprisons more people (absolutely and per capita) than any other nation that keeps track, and our unjust and irrational laws criminalize so much innocuous, everyday conduct that we plan to incarcerate even more people.  America's citizens have been replaced by complacent, obedient consumers; citizens would have thrown off our oppressive, fascist injustice system long ago.

Guesto
Guesto

Favorite chicken? 

Shut your mouth Kristen
Shut your mouth Kristen

Hey Kristen Thompson, glad you could join the group you fat PIG!!! MMIG is a state lobing group that tries to help but were not mirical workers. Why don't you take your fat ass down to the capital and try to help your clients for once insted of bloging. Your a fucking joke!!!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Hack has an intense aversion to controversy, and a fruitless assertion of the rights of dispensary owners to do business under the unconstitutional scheme enacted by the Legislature before he took office against the Federal Controlled Substances Act is probably the last thing on his mind, and telling him repeatedly is most unlikely to make any difference.  Come down to the Capitol and berate the Governor for his and the State bureaucracy's failure to support medical cannabis and Colorado's Constitution.  If you take a bullhorn, you should be able to make yourself heard from the public sidewalk.  I understand that the Governor also works out of his office in the Boettcher Mansion -- a very likely place to harangue him, if he's in!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

You do realize that many of the drug task forces in Colorado receive 50% of their funding from the federal government.  Without that funding, Colorado's drug task force groups would not exist.  I think the governor is going to do what ever the DEA wants and continue to receive funding.  My opinion on this is not the way I or you want things to be, but let's face it, medical marijuana is illegal, the feds are emphasizing this right now, and the Governor will be compelled to comply with the Feds.

Fax
Fax

"they don't allow liquor stores or porn shops by schools either as far as i understand."

You've clearly never been on Colfax.

Guesto
Guesto

they dont allow Asian massage parlors near schools?? yes they do.

Do you know what goes on in Asian massage parlors?

And they dont exactly look at your ID either, they will ask you how old you are though. 

Twisted
Twisted

I'd rather kids and young adults not use ANYTHING, pay attention in school, and NOT wind up like KaDargo.

Joe the Plumber
Joe the Plumber

the alcohol lobby has a lot of money and power,,and if you do not drink alcohol,have replaced it with cannabis,then you are taking money away from big business and the governement

Guesto
Guesto

That, is the really depressing, insulting, and infuriating subplot to all of this. 

Bruno
Bruno

Just so, Monkey. The letter said in no uncertain terms that they needed to shut down. I don't remember seeing the feds suggesting moving was an option.

m smith
m smith

Most important when it is OTHER PEOPLES MONEY !!!!

ALL these attorneys are full of crap........from AZ to Montana

LIARS,LIARS,LIARS.................

If they were not liars THEY would run a dispensary !!!!!

Joe the Plumber
Joe the Plumber

Patriot,the real money behind the feds action,it comes from the alcohol,tobacco,and private prison lobbies,and do not forget the biggest lobby of all,big pharma

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

... but were [sic] not mirical [sic] workers ...... Your [sic] a fucking joke

You might be an ignorant stoner ... if your English grammar isn't better than a 5th grader.

Here's your sign.

Sucks
Sucks

Your weed sucks about as much cock as you do!!! Get a life you fucking looser.

Cody Burton
Cody Burton

Correct me if I'm wrong but ........... They sell Alcohol at Chuck E Cheeses for God Sakes !

(Free refills on all soft drinks)Pepsi® Soft Drinks • Tropicana® Apple Juice • Iced Tea • Bottled Water • MilkCoffee • Hot Tea • "BEER" • "WINE"Menu selection may vary by location.Why ????? This is a place for kids !

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

 "Do you know what goes on in Asian massage parlors? "

Asian massages ...?

KaDargo
KaDargo

So, what's wrong with the way I turned out? :)  On a serious note, I agree with you and HotPants.  I would much prefer everyone to not use ANYTHING as well.  Good luck with that. :)

HotPants
HotPants

I couldn't agree with you more!  It's always my FIRST choice.  I'll even go on to say that should go for the rest of us!  But, that doesn't mean that cannabis is NOT far less harmful to the consumer and society as a whole than alcohol and tobacco.

Personally, I'd LOVE to see a world where we don't run to Starbucks in the morning before work, then off to happy hour after work, but unfortunately, that is not the case for most people.  Substance abuse is a way of life for most in this country and others.  It's so much easier to lean on substances than to get a good night's sleep, for an example.  Check the latest commercials from the pharmaceutical companies for more information there.  Also, there's always plenty of coffee in the break room!  Caffeine is your friend.  Who needs sleep?

The problems come in when we choose substances not supported by Corporate America which boils down to our government who is heavily influenced by the lobbyist hired by those corporations.  Cannabis is not illegal because it's bad for us.  It's illegal because of capitalistic reasons.  How else can you explain that alcohol and tobacco are legal when they kill daily?

So, yes I totally agree that society as a whole would be much better off without substances.  So, lets start closing the coffee shops, the bars, the tobacco stores, and the pharmacies.  That would be a great start!  But, above else, let's stop consuming substances in front of our children, after all they learn from us, the parents.

Twisted
Twisted

Until you get the munchies and hork down two bags of Doritos, a six-pack of Sprite,  and two Chalupas, and give your money to the big businesses and government anyways.

Guest
Guest

We need Ru Paul!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

No, we need very much better than a septuagenarian whose main thoughts on improving the economy revolve around eliminating the Federal Reserve Bank and returning America to the gold standard.  We need to institute an overtly democratic and socialist government to provide for the commonweal of our nation.  Libertarians would only accelerate the sequestration of wealth by the wealthy (which is the core Republican drive), bring about a state akin to feudalism, and lower the status of most people to that of serfs.  I never would vote for a Republican of any description, and the door has almost closed on Democrats as well.

Gene B.
Gene B.

...."than that of a 5th grader."  You could also make "grader" possessive by adding an apostrophe.  Grammatical ability isn't typically compared to a young person who is between ten and eleven years old.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"... looser." [sic]

LOL!

Did your mother have any children that lived ?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

loser -- "looser" means less tight, or one who looses (frees, releases) something.

Guest
Guest

have you ever been to chucky cheese? i need a stiff drink after being in that joint for ten minutes. not to mention having a buzz helps me eat that cardboard they call pizza.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Joe, learn to spell "capitalism" before extolling it to the heavens.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Robert, what's the problem with Disqus?  Are you connecting through a Facebook or Twitter account, or a Disqus account.  There may also be a slight problem on Westword's web page, they may need a JavaScript developer to help with page loading.  I sometimes, like 25% of the time can't get Westword's pages to fully load.

Joe the Plumber
Joe the Plumber

Robert,grab your left ear with your right hand,and pull very hard,and reverse your restal-crainial inversion,no one system,in the histiry of man,has raised more people out of abject poverty than capitolism,Robert,pull your head out of your ass,you commie freak

Guesto
Guesto

Only the people themselves can force concessions from tyrants. Ron Paul wants to be the steward for this, because that is what the Federal Government was designed for.

You say"owned and regulated by the community", but that is not socialism at all. His economic views come from the Austrian School, which has dealt extensively with this issue of how communal wealth can better be used to build infrastructure without Government intervention. 

Please check out more of Ron Paul's speeches, and listen to what he is saying. He is the last person to advocate for the worship of wealth, and he is a huge believer in personal responsibility. 

Its good that we are willing to have this discussion. Peace. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

(Some) of the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole for our collective benefit; i.e. socialism redounds to the commonweal (maybe someday you will look this word up in a dictionary).  The worship of wealth and the substitution of greed for civic virtue is why this country is heavily dependent on foreign oil, it is why we do not provide for the health of citizens, and it is why China will soon have an efficient high-speed rail network spanning their country while the US is stuck with its inefficient and decaying highway infrastructure, among other ills which impoverish our future.  You libertarians are just as hostile to our communal interests as any other Republicans, but your candidate's extreme isolationism would have immediate economic repercussions not just for the 99%, but for the super-wealthy whose interests the Republican Party serve.  Ron Paul's stand for our lost civil libeties is appealing, but his economic and social ignorance is appalling.  He will not win the nomination, nor will he be able to force concessions from the Fascists.

Guesto
Guesto

Socialism has always been and will always be a terrible failure. 

Free Market Capitalism and the US Constitution are the bedrock of this nation.

Ron Paul 2012

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