Fort Collins, Colorado Dispensaries Close Today

Fort Collins, Colorado Dispensaries Close Today

FORT COLLINS, CO — Valentine’s Day brings broken hearts to patients in Fort Collins, and pink slips to hundreds of dispensary workers in the city’s 20 medical marijuana dispensaries, as medical marijuana dispensaries shut down to meet a deadline imposed by voters. Under a city measure passed by voters on November 1, medical marijuana dispensaries have until the end of business today to cease operations and remove all medical marijuana products from the premises.

Earlier this month, a state district court judgeissued a temporary restraining order directing city and state officials to not enforce provisions of voter-approved ban on dispensaries until a hearing can be conducted on a lawsuit challenging its legality. Voters approved the ban in November, but six local dispensaries filed a lawsuit over it last week. The lawsuit claims the ban violates the state constitution and would irreparably harm their livelihoods.

Last week a state judge dismissed the restraining order, upholding the voter-approved measure to ban dispensaries under Colorado law. In 2010, lawmakers decided to allow cities and counties to decide whether to allow medical marijuana businesses within their boundaries.

Teams of police officers will be inspecting store-front marijuana dispensaries and growing operations today to ensure they are in compliance with a voter-approved ban on the businesses.

“We’re kind of the code enforcement guys, we’re the movers,” Sgt. Jim Bryne, with Fort Collins Police Services, said.

In the next 24 hours, he says police will be collecting the marijuana and products that are left over from the dispensaries.

“Many of the dispensaries are waiting until that last moment to close,” Bryne said.

At Infinite Wellness, dispensary owner Cristine Romarine closed up shop at the end of the day Monday.

“My heart aches, actually – a lot,” Romarine said sighing. “There are a lot of people who will suffer from this.”

She says she invested her life savings in a business she believed in. She says the closing means job losses at her Fort Collins business, one of 20 that are closing as a result of the ban.

As for medical marijuana patients in the area, there are two dispensaries in nearby Larimer County, and patients can still go to caregivers who can grow marijuana at home. Patients can also grow marijuana themselves.

State law allows a caregiver to assist up to five patients with medical marijuana. Each patient may have six plants, but current city law limits caregivers to growing 12 plants in a single-family residence, regardless of how many patients live there.

There’s no limit on how many plants may be grown in a unit of a multi-family facility.

 

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  • John

    :(

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  • Scuba

    this is a great day they need to shut them down in DENVER next.. How can I help??

    • Datrebor

       So you want to take Medical Marijuana out of safer dispensaries and give it back to drug pushers? The very ones that supply it to kids? Patients need their medicine what do you want them to do go to another state and give them your TAX Dollars?

    • crusader

      u need to know the truth about weed period before u make such comments.

  • Datrebor

    They need to get this over turned some how.

    • Kevinbulk727

      People are stupid. Look at these pills that are killing people everyday. What does pot do to people? Smoke it everyday you nerd

  • 289904

    so your going to give more money to the so called drug dealers IN that case MARK MY WORDS THE POT WILL STAY THERE IT WILL JUST GO UNDERGROUND AND SELL IT ON THE BLACK MARKET LIKE IT HAS BEEN DONE FOREVER.. ALLOW THEM TO OPEN BACK UP AND MAKE IT SAFER FOR THE PEOPLE TO GET THERE MECDICENE 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lolololfynnnny10101 Adam Israel

    What’s sad is, this bill (titled ‘Question 300′) was passed 53 t0 47%. I have to do more research on this bill, but I’m sure someone got a lot of money in their pocket (probably an elected official) to put it in the ballot.

    And 47% of people  wanted the dispensaries to stay open. If more people knew about this wonderfully secretive titled bill, there’s a good chance the results would have been different.

    Now people who need MMJ have to spend more $$$ to drive to denver to get it. And it took away 20 people’s livelihoods (small businesses i might add).

    Hmm so how exactly did this help anyone? A lot of crooked cops got high that night, im sure.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/fort-collins-bans-dispensaries_n_1071930.html
    http://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/ballotlangfull-2011nov.php (actual ballot)

  • Sitbuffysit

    I am from so saddened by this news. Those that voted to close the shops have probably never had a medical problem and cannot sympathize with those in pain. They say it was for the kids but it would have been far more difficult for them to get marajuana but now the black market or drug dealers dont care about age or medicinal reasons.