Medical marijuana "Doomsday Map" shows possible fed targets, MMC closures
In January, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent seizure-threat letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools -- and his office promises that a second wave of missives will follow shortly.
Big map below.
No new targets have been named yet, but clues about possible future actions can be found on a City of Denver document one MMJ lawyer has termed the "Doomsday Map."
Denver's Geographic Information Systems office creates the maps, but they're only available as physical printouts, not PDFs. Here's a look at the latest map, dated February 29.
To make this information more useful, Westword has created a Medical Marijuana Map Microsite that allows users to magnify specific areas on the map by placing the cursor over them. In addition, we've included closer views of various city sections.
The map symbolizes dispensaries as pot leaves and schools as traditional red schoolhouses, with circles around the dispensaries establishing the 1,000 feet perimeter. Any circle with a schoolhouse and a pot leaf inside it means the MMC in question could be vulnerable to federal scrutiny.
Also featured on the map are daycare centers, illustrated as white diamonds with child-like figures inside them, and parks -- patches colored green. And these inclusions concern members of the medical marijuana industry. Thus far, U.S. Attorney Walsh has only focused on dispensaries near schools, but in California, as reported in this October 2011 Rolling Stone piece, the feds have also gone after MMCS in near proximity to "parks, sports fields and other places where there are a lot of children." If Walsh expands his standards to include these spots, many more dispensaries could be in trouble.
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