Valentines Day to Bring Broken Hearts to MMJ Patients in Colarado TownBy Scott Gacek | The Daily Chronic November 19, 2011
FORT COLLINS, CO — One community’s love affair with medical marijuana is headed for divorce on February 14, 2012. That is the day all dispensaries must close under a measure passed by voters on November 1. The measure, which passed by 1,471 votes, bans commercial medical marijuana businesses in the city, including dispensaries and grow operations.
City officials are still sorting out the process that should be followed for stores to cease operations, said Ginny Sawyer, neighborhood administrator. Fort Collins has 20 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
City officials say they will work with the state department of revenue and its Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to ensure state regulations are met during the closure of local dispensaries.
Due to the dispensary closings, medical marijuana patients in Fort Collins must now grow their own medicine, hire a caregiver to grow marijuana on their behalf, or travel to a dispensary in another community.
State regulations allow patients or their designated caregivers to grow up to six medical marijuana plants. A registered caregiver may grow for up to five patients.medical
by Scott Gacek
A long time marijuana reform activist from Boston, Scott Gacek served on the Board of Directors of MassCann, the Massachusetts state NORML chapter, from 2009-2011. In July 2013, Scott assumed the role of Editor in Chief of The Daily Chronic.