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Dispensary owner whose shop closed at feds' order: "Screw this f*cking city"

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Yesterday, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner implied that the 23 dispensaries issued shut-down letters had stopped doing business at their previous locations, within 1,000 feet from schools. While some centers have relocated, others have shut their doors permanently.

AMCH is moving just a few blocks east, taking over the former space occupied by the (overpriced) head shop named Head Quarters. Calls to AMCH weren't immediately returned, but a message on the center's answering machine thanked customers for their patience and said the operation could re-open as early as tomorrow in its new digs.

Rocky Mountain High in Cherry Creek, which is just down the street from Bromwell Elementary School, will be shutting down cannabis sales at that location. But the company will still continue to operate six other locations in Colorado.

Others haven't been as fortunate. Tad Bowler was owner of the now-shuttered Med Stop on 8th Avenue, which was within 1,000 feet of Denver's West High School. Bowler held a big sale over the past weekend, dumping his entire inventory for as low as $100 an ounce. Bowler was hopeful over the weekend that a solution could be found, but a possible deal that would have meant moving Med Stop and saving the business fell through at the last minute.

By Monday, his shop was locked up and he was busy destroying fully grown cannabis plants -- something Bowler calls heartbreakingly sad. Even worse, he says he had to stuff the plants into hemp bags for disposal by state officials.

Though Bowler is part owner of a dispensary in Colorado Springs ironically named Rocky Roads, he says Med Stop shutting down means he's losing nearly everything. He has no plans to reopen a shop in Denver. "Forget it. You can have it," Bowler declares. "Screw this fucking city. I don't need this crap. It's a dumb, dumb business and Colorado is really fucked up."

Bowler points to the fact that Med Stop was one of 55 medical marijuana centers actually licensed by the state despite his location near several schools. But he doesn't blame the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Instead, he's upset with big money interests and the medical marijuana dispensary lobby.

"It's our politicians, not MMED," he said. "It's them who created the rules in such a god-awful way. They are impossible to follow and impossible for MMED to enforce. It is so convoluted that they would have to redo this system from top to bottom for it to right itself. But the damage has been done for me."

And with more letters being promised by the U.S. Attorney's Office, he's probably not alone.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act: Mason Tvert on campaign's allies, challenges" and "Photos: THC driving limits bill approved by Senate committee."


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olcurmudgeon
olcurmudgeon

"It's our politicians, not MMED," he said. "It's them who created the rules in such a god-awful way."

 and the results are exactly what the legislators are hoping for. They've done everything they can to usurp the will of the voters. Im tired of these politicians acting as everyone's parents instead of representatives.

Lenman_99
Lenman_99

The feds are drooling in hopes that the legalization passes this fall. Then they will hit Colorado hard and shut down everyone!

Daycrater
Daycrater

 Lance, you ignorant fucktard, white suburban kids smoke just as much weed as anyone else.

JRed
JRed

I'm sorry Tad. I can understand your frustration. Thanks for trying to pave the way and doing it legit. Keep educating yourself on the changing rules & regulations, and I'm sure you will have a prosperous center up & thriving again the future. Sending positivity your way.

old man Kevin
old man Kevin

I feel really bad for Tad and Mick.  They are both super cool guys and I hate seeing bad crap happen to good people.  I can only hope that this opens a new and better door for you all.

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

Thank Chris Romer - his legacy to Colorado is a most unworkable, stupid system that protects the patients and the biz owners: NONE.

the most poorly thought out regulatory scheme ever. way to go, dumbass.

anon
anon

Ah...Lance Newcomb, the racist prohibitionist is at it again.  Voting for santorum are you?  It's sad that you get to vote and even sadder that marijuana supporters like Donkey Hotay and kathleen chippi will join you in voting against amendment 64.    :(     Have you no compassion?  This man and many others were forced out of business by the government.  Have you ever been unjustly punished?  Karma will find you.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach says that her and John Walsh's extortion of dispensaries "will make those affected schools more secure for our children and teachers throughout the State of Colorado."

John Walsh and Barbra M. Roach are traitors and enemy combatants against the People of Colorado and the United States -- their contemptible, self-serving lies should outrage every American!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"our politicians ... created the rules in such a god-awful way. They are impossible to follow and impossible for MMED to enforce. It is so convoluted that they would have to redo this system from top to bottom for it to right itself."

Here at last is an accurate assessment of the effect of the General Assembly's unconstitutional scheme to deprive caregivers of their right to provide medicinal cannabis to patients from someone in the industry who did what he could to comply with it -- doesn't sound much like MMIG's "most comprehensive and effective medical marijuana regulatory framework" in the nation, does it?

ForestGump
ForestGump

 WoW !! lance, maybe you should edit your racism. 

Guesto
Guesto

this country was founded by people who didn't like Government, you can love it or leave it, but that is America. Why on Earth you would seek to denigrate the whole entire foundation of the country you live in w/ racist demagoguery is beyond me. Must be apathy. 

Ron Paul 2012 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Yet you want to pass the same nonsense for recreational use, via A64, and turn the power and oversight for regulation of that over to the same prohibitionist law-enforcement goons at the Dept of Revenue and the same anti-mj legislators you complain about.

Priceless !!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

There is NO "legalization" initiative in Colorado.

Only paid liars and ignorant fools assert otherwise about the idiotic A64.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

They might move against any remaining MMCs in consequence, but failing that, there will be very little interest in proceeding to general retail sales of cannabis as long as the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) remains on the books.  It may not seem a practical political program yet, but repeal of the CSA must be our goal if we hope to restore American liberty.

Mark M.
Mark M.

 Yep, that is the same system that Billionaire Peter Lewis funded to put on the Colorado ballot in Am. 64. You think you've got troubles now, wait until Am. 64 gets enacted. Then the DOR will have constitutional authority to fuck with you however they see fit. No on 64! Fake legalization funds feds.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You vote with the Department of Revenue Criminal Enforcement Division.

Congrats!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Your grotesque promotion of the absurd A64 is a contemptible outrage.

Shame on you!

Woah Dude
Woah Dude

 Haha, now you side with the an owner...

...that's funny.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

And fools like you want to give the same unlimited REGULATORY authority and TAXATION powers to the same prohibitionist politicians! via the idiotic A64 !!

olcurmudgeon
olcurmudgeon

this government was not founded by people who hate government. They hated religion being involved in government and a an all powerful king.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Ah yes, the jack-booted thugs of the MMED -- precisely how many dispensaries have they closed and how many people have they arrested?  Are these numbers closer to 80% of all MMCs and their owners/operators, respectively, or closer to 1%?

I do not like the MMED, but your and others' efforts at demonizing it are beyond hyperbolic.

Lenman_99
Lenman_99

Call it whatever you want but the intent is to sell pot the same as alcohol. I would like it if they shut it all down then I wouldn't need to compete with the MM industry.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Calm down slightly and you might notice that I avoid referring to Amendment 64 as a "legalization initiative".

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

What did you expect from a nation founded by wealthy white slave owners ?

Hesus
Hesus

 @f41e614397be1060464c268a7a6db89c:disqus- You are mistaken. Amendment 64 DOES NOT set up a system like the current MMED system.

The current MMED system can best be described as "regulate marijuana like a schedule one drug". It is the most heavily regulated industry in Colorado - more so than Rocky Flats was.

However, Amendment 64 creates a system which "regulate marijuana like alcohol" in as such as there are less restrictions in handling and regulations. An example of this is only needing an ID card to enter the dispensaries, or, having independent growers being able to sell to the dispensaries, unlike the MMED system.

Lastly, the myth of Peter Lewis funding Amendment 64 is a lie. It is easily disproven by looking at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol's campaign finance report.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Clueless ignorant stoners will once again fuck themselves in the ass with A64!

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Shame on you for engaging in a strident campaign against Amendment 64 without even knowing its provisions (I refer specifically to your erroneous claim that it would limit what may be grown or accumulated to less than eight ounces, which is baseless)!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Not at all; I simply realize that 1) selling or cultivating cannabis is now a felony, and 2) for the forseeable future, society as a whole will demand some kind of regulation of cannabis. Were cannabis now completely legal and users of cannabis a far greater proportion of voters, it would make sense to discuss the issue in terms of allowing or withholding the power to regulate and tax -- neither of those conditions obtains.  I think that your planet must be nearby the one hosting Some Guy's magic court.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Amendment 64 would not stop unjust imprisonment for offenses related to cannabis, legalize cannabis, or regulate it like alcohol" -- Robert Chase

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

No one could be charged or imprisoned "under Amendment 64"; that insertion is your attempt to twist the sense of what I wrote.  Amendment 64 will not prevent all felony charges for cannabis; merely some of them -- people are and would be charged for violating provisions of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

You are a liar and an outed agent of the Prison-Industrial Complex -- a few disinformed people who use cannabis lack the discernment to see you for what you are.

This November vote to legalize the cultivation of a little cannabis for personal use

*******   VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 64!   *******

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

" I acknowledge the fact that plenty of scope will remain  [under Amendment 64] for people to be imprisoned for cannabis " -- Robert Chase

The Prison Industrial Complex thanks you for your support.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

This November vote to legalize the cultivation of a little cannabis for personal use

*******   VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 64!   *******

Have you stopped beating your wife?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Yet you shill and pimp for A64 -- which is in fact, form and function HB1284 for everyone!

Serious question, Robert -- are you bi-polar ?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Insinuating that I ever had any position other than total, public, vociferous opposition to HB10-1284 is dishonest -- resorting to such tactics against me is a mistake.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why don't you ask a few current and former dispensary owners what they think about HB1284 and the MMED before you run off into another one of your delusional fantasy worlds.

Why do you support the criminal law enforcement goons at MMED having unlimited REGULATION and control over every recreational user in Colorado ?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So you hate and renounce the idiotic, unworkable HB1284 for medical mj, but promote and support the same 1284 regulatory scheme for recreational use via the idiotic, unworkable A64.

You've made that perfectly clear.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Stop lying about me and my positions -- I cannot respond in kind.  I greatly resent your attempt to obscure my role in the fight against HB10-1284, but it is a matter of record. What really pisses me off is that that record continues up to and including the present, but you and your lurkers are either not capable or not interested in engaging in a reasoned discussion about Amendment 64, just in adding 1% to the prohibitionist-vote. I would call it quixotic, but Don Quijote was motivated by chivalry.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So call it HB1284 for everyone !

Your favorite piece of legislation.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You have made this claim about me too.  Lenman_99 refers to "the legalization" and Amendment 64 would accomplish some, though I agree that it should not be called a "legalization initiative".

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You might notice I was replying to Lenman_99 ...

... unless you self-identify with being a paid liar or ignorant fool.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I hadn't heard about the machine-gunning -- more disinformation?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"It is reasonable to infer that the MMED, renamed and re-purposed, would be ..."

... a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand ?

HipTip: reasonable and MMED don't inhabit the same universe. Never did, never will.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

It is reasonable to infer that the MMED, renamed and re-purposed, would be in charge of whatever regulations would be written (in advance of anybody being able to follow them, pending repeal of the CSA), but your statement is inaccurate; Amendment 64 refers to the DOR but not the MMED specifically.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Complete BS!

A64 gives complete REGULATORY control and authority to the same Dept. of Revenue CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT DIVISION that promulgated 1000s of pages of additional "rules and interpretations" on top of HB1284.

Only a fool would give unlimited REGULATION and TAXATION power to the GOVERNMENT over anything they actually cared about.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I am not enamoured of the MMED, but the portrait of them as Nazis is more than a little overdrawn.  Many MMCs continue to do business -- their owners and employees have not been gassed yet.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

olcurmudgeon said regarding the clusterfuck of HB1284: "and the results are exactly what the legislators are hoping for. They've done everything they can to usurp the will of the voters. Im tired of these politicians acting as everyone's parents instead of representatives."

Yet you want to pass the same nonsense for recreational use, via A64, and turn the power and oversight for regulation of that over to the same prohibitionist law-enforcement goons at the Dept of Revenue.

Stupid is as Stupid does.

olcurmudgeon
olcurmudgeon

The donkey's trying to save his black market dealership.I mean one really has to be dumb as a box of rocks to believe that cannabis will ever be legalized like oregano. So either Donkey's a complete moron or has an alterior motive---maybe both?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Oui, bien sûr!

Les mêmes arguments faits par le Vichy français pour justifier joindre l'Axe. 

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