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Amendment 64's passage to spur moratoriums against medical marijuana dispensaries?

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The passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has created as much confusion as celebration. Tomorrow in Carbondale, for instance, trustees will weigh a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries that's specifically linked to the measure. An A64 proponent argues that such moves are unnecessary and based on a profound misunderstanding of the amendment.

According to Steamboat Today, Carbondale's town trustee will mull whether to "impose a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries while they sort out of the implications of a provision in voter-approved Amendment 64 that would allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to convert their business models to the sale of recreational marijuana."

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Brian Vicente.
What worries officials most? In conversation with the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington said some local MMCs "have already shown an interest in making the conversion. Town officials are concerned about their ability to process new applications for medical marijuana dispensaries while they are preoccupied with working through the implications of Amendment 64."

Does Harrington want to prevent a flood of applications from entrepreneurs less interested in serving patients than in selling to members of the general public when such commerce becomes legal? Seems so -- but Amendment 64 proponent Brian Vicente sees the potential enactment of a moratorium as a needlessly complex way to deal with the prospect.

"I think this stems from a misunderstanding of medical marijuana laws and Amendment 64 by Carbondale officials," Vicente says. "Amendment 64 allows communities to ban recreational stores at any point -- so we're not forcing communities to allow them. Allowing them is simply an option, just as it is with medical marijuana.

"Our medical marijuana laws don't force communities to have medical marijuana dispensaries. They can ban or limit them at any time. So our current medical marijuana rules and Amendment 64 are parallel laws. And at no point will medical marijuana dispensaries magically shift into retail marijuana stores. That'll take 100 percent buy-in from the local community government."

Decisions about blessing retail stores are hardly imminent. At this point, there's no indication whether or not the U.S. Justice Department will allow Colorado to enact Amendment 64, which contradicts federal marijuana policy. And even if the feds take a hands-off approach, the language in A64 calls for delays to allow a regulatory system to be put in place. For that reason, such outlets can't become a reality before late 2013 or early 2014 at the earliest.

In the meantime, Vicente says, "I would encourage the town government of Carbondale to look at the election results" before deciding to vote in favor of a moratorium. Why? "Amendment 64 passed by a landslide in their community," he stresses. "So for them to limit medical marijuana after the support for Amendment 64 is wildly in contradiction of their constituents."

Whatever the case, he calls the prospect of a moratorium "a strange turn of events."

And you can bet there'll be plenty more of them in relation to Amendment 64.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64 approved: Mason Tvert celebrates, John Hickenlooper talks Cheetos."


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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Just goes to show how confused cons are. These are the same type of people who made "marihuana" illegal, and then said they didn't know it was cananbis, which they knew was medicine.

claygooding
claygooding

I totally believe that it is all the fault of A-64 and has nothing to do with mmj dispensaries pricing their products at above black market prices for a plant that cost no more to grow than the black market plant causing patients that needed the marijuana as medicine to purchase some cheaper street marijuana because it night take a little more to achieve a medicated state of mind,it worked just as well as the $5 per syllable weed at the dispensary at 1/3 the price,,,I do

And now people are thinking of moratoriums against dispensaries because they realize that any successful legal commercial marijuana(it feels so good to say that)grower is going to produce excellent marijuana to compete for as much of the market as they can get....just a thought.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"a strange turn of events." -- lyin' Brian Vicente

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Priceless!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Oh look! -- more negative blowback from that piece of crap A64! 

This must be the "domino effect" you stoners were hoping for.

*** UN Official Wants U.S. To Cancel Marijuana Legalization Votes ***

The man in charge of the United Nations' anti-drug agency has told United States federal government officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that removed penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults.

Voters' approval of cannabis legalization sends "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad", said Raymond Yans, who heads the U.N.'s International Narcotics Control Board, reports The Associated Press.

http://www.incb.org/documents/Press_Releases/press_release_151112.pdf

wtfk
wtfk

Leave it to politicians and bureaucrats to MAKE EXCUSES when they don't want to do something. When they DO want to do something, they'll threaten law suits, BRING law suits, sell commercial time, ad nauseam.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

The people voted. Whether our votes count remains to be seen. There are a lot of eyes watching this process and the marijuana aspect of it is not the key concern.

Dustin Hoeft
Dustin Hoeft

People are really having a hard time with democracy after this past election

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

So every town gets a chance to allow recreational sales or not, while we wait for federal response? The legislature is about to pick up major burdens of marijuana DUID plus regulate cannabis this coming spring.  It sure is going to be interesting!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Thank Jah that Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert included a "local option" in that steaming pile of shit they call A64 -- an option that allows any City or County to completely ignore the Will of the Voters!

What better way to amend the Constitution than by allowing any entity that doesn't agree with it the option of ignoring it ... just as the Emancipation Proclamation allowed Southern States to ignore it and keep their Negro slaves if they so desired ... LOL!

Over 84 (eighty four) cities and/or counties in Colorado had already banned "medical" marijuana dispensaries under the local option in HB1284! -- is anyone deluded enough to believe that that those same cities and counties will allow recreational pot shops?

Way to fuck yourselves in the ass, Stupid Stoners.

mcawesomedude
mcawesomedude

How's that bankruptcy going for you Donkey boy?

DicklessHonkey
DicklessHonkey

A64 does NOT legalize marijuana, even the Authors admit that fact.A64 will NOT REDUCE a SINGLE ARREST for Marijuana Crimes in Colorado.A64 = an Epic FRAUD.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay It's nice to know there is a "United Nations' anti-drug agency" called the "U.N.'s International Narcotics Control Board". I know I feel safer.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue ... more proof that the "medical" marijuana industry in Colorado is a sham and scam for recreational stoners, and greedy big $$ dispensary cartels who want to force everyone to purchase their overpriced, overtaxed, schwag -- under penalty of law!

Enjoy your pathetic taxed and tracked government ounce, suckers. It's all you're ever going to get.

wtfk
wtfk

@tutonehcc They don't need to screw things up with DUID as other states have. William Breathes demonstrated why that is folly--a patient can have several times the supposed limit of metabolites in his blood the next day, when he is NOT in any way under the influence. If someone is obviously incapable of driving, he should be treated like anyone else (let's say, under COUGH SYRUP OR OPIOIDS) is treated when obviously incapable of driving. Just because there are people who hate cannabis sativa doesn't mean they have to make paranoid rules designed just for it.

zach_furns
zach_furns

@DonkeyHotay How about you really read all the info on these "stoners" you keep bashing. Like the ones living in pain their entire life. As a patient with sometimes debilitating pain that makes walking and standing feel like my bones are breaking I'd like to tell you that you can kindling go fuck yourself and at one point i never wished this pain on anyone but now you're the first. When you walk a mile in the shoes of those you look down at eventually you'll realize that on a computer you're top dog but when the pain hits you're just a little bitch. Do me and the rest of the medical marijuana patients a favor and stop talking shit about want you do not know. Reading and believing everything you read makes you look more like a fool than anyone else. Thanks and I truly do wish someday your put in a position where the pharmaceutical companies can legally kill you with the side effects of the drugs that are man made or decided to do what comes from the earth and has had scientific studies done to back up its medical purposes. Btw this "stupid stoner" has an IQ of 144. Keep in mind 140+ is genius status you fucking moron.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

@DicklessHonkey OMG! Donkey was right again!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Call it a sham. I have a legitimate condition, and it's allowed me to medicate that condition free from state reprisal.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@wtfk  "They don't need to screw things up with DUID as other states have."

LOL! -- the pathetic turd that is A64 specifically established that DUI-m shall forever be a crime -- without setting any objective, scientifically determined limits or definitions! 

The legislature is free to adopt any arbitrary standard they desire, and since the fools up in Washington state adopted and passed I-502 with its 5ng/ml limit, the lawmakers of Colorado will look to that as guidance to fill in the gaps of the poorly written, ill-conceived and dysfunctional A64 ... as the Courts of Colorado looked to and adopted California's restrictive standard for the definition of "caregiver" when they needed for fill in the gaps of the poorly written A20.

A64 = Trust the Government!

*** Regulation Works! ***

Strict Regulation Works Better!, according to lyin' Brian Vicente!

Prepare to be REGULATED, suckers! -- Büch Dich!

@DicklessHonkey @tutonehcc @CoreyDonahue @Kevins_Mom  @mcawesomedude 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zach_furns "As a patient with sometimes debilitating pain ..."

You ought to be OUTRAGED at the vast majority of phony patients who are merely recreational stoners exploiting and abusing the pretense of A20 simply so they can get stoned, and the grotesque commercial profiteering by the greedy big $$ dispensary cartels who've lobbied for the diminution of rights of individual patients and their private caregivers who were providing cheaper and better personalized medicine.

That you may be one of the minority of legitimate patients doesn't change the fact that the vast majority are simply recreational stoners abusing your program, and abusing the goodwill of the voters who supported medical marijuana.

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ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay what was your plan again?  All you seem to do is whine, have you ever done anything remotely helpful or positive besides bash others efforts?

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