UPDATE: Council Casts Final Vote On Medical Marijuana Ordinances

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

A pair of crucial medical marijuana ordinances passed Monday night at a public meeting of the Pueblo City Council.

The zoning ordinance restricts the potential locations a medical marijuana dispensary can open to a handful of locations, most of which are on the outskirts of town. The areas are located in business and industrial zones.

The licensing ordinance lays out regulations for applying, attaining, and renewing the license. The application fee for a medical marijuana center is $3,472 with an annual renewal cost of $1,684.

Because medical marijuana centers must grow at least 70 percent of their own product, this often means having a separate growing operation. One issue both the city and county have run into when dealing with licensing of these operations is how to hold a public hearing and not breach the confidentiality of growing sites. A late amendment to the state law stipulates the location of medical marijuana growing operations are to be kept secret and are not to be part of the public record.

To accommodate this, the city has decided to make it part of the licensing regulations that any growing operation must be on an adjacent lot to the medical marijuana center. The applicant will fill out a second application for the growing operation, with its address kept confidential, and the city can move forward with a public hearing on the separate center without having to divulge the growing site’s actual address.

This way, residents and business owners in the area can be made aware that a medical marijuana center has been proposed for a particular location, and that there is the potential for a growing operation to be somewhere nearby, without violating the confidentiality the state law provides.

Now that the city council passed both of these ordinances, medical marijuana operations will be able to begin the process of opening shop. However, because the city had no officially recognized dispensaries as of July 1st this year, no new dispensaries will be able to actually begin operating until July 1, 2011 due to a state-wide moratorium on new dispensaries.

Meanwhile, the threat of a question on this November's ballot that would give voters the chance to ban dispensaries still looms. There’s no word yet on how close dispensary opponents are to reaching the required number of valid signatures on their petition.

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  • by JR Location: Pueblo on Jul 29, 2010 at 11:14 PM
    Also, Med Marijuana Grow facilities need to be kept secret as they have always have been. To much crime and violence potential if publically known. One other comment. Lori, you need to do your homework. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. RV nice response.
  • by JR Location: Pueblo on Jul 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    What are they thinking? "A late amendment to the state law stipulates the location of medical marijuana growing operations are to be kept secret and are not to be part of the public record. To accommodate this, the city has decided to make it part of the licensing regulations that any growing operation must be on an adjacent lot to the medical marijuana center." How are you going to keep a grow operation secret if its next door to a medical marijuana center? The state recognizes the importance of grows being kept secret for obvious reasons (crime). What are the Pueblo politicians thinking? Put all the Marijuana users, sellers and growers in a little box on the outskirts of town and forget about them. Personally I think by doing this they are painting a target on these facilities for criminal acts. Lets see what else is on the outskirts of town away from everything else. No police and a lot of crime. Frankly i would like to see the med centers surrounding the police department
  • by protean Location: cs springs on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    I am the white rabbit. I like Lori. Feed me.
  • by JourneyHealingCenters Location: Scottsdale, Arizona on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    While Journey Healing Centers supports the limited use of medical marijuana for critically ill or terminal patients, we oppose Arizona's Medical Marijuana Prop 203. Without any federal oversight for medical marijuana, there are no FDA approvals or standard regulations. Dr Ravi Chandiramani, Journey Healing Centers Medical Director, explains, "We are concerned about the abuse and addiction potential of cannabis, which has been proven. In California, prescriptions have been provided for a wide variety of reasons, some legitimate and many not so legitimate." If you have any drug or alcohol addiction questions, please call our Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists: 1-866-774-5119
  • by RV Location: Springs on Jul 27, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    Lori, What sources do you get your information from? Dangerous psychological drug? Who besides you said it was that? The AMA (American Medical Association)? The APA (American Psychological Association)? Who? Or is this YOUR opinion? If this is your opinion you have A LOT of homework to do before you make such hardline comments about people's medicinal uses, the jobs and revenue it creates, etc. It's like I told my dad when he was so furious with CBS's Dan Rather: Don't watch him then. It's that simple. Personally I would rather see it provided by legitimate businesses than street corner thugs who will pay no taxes and pocket everything. Folks, MMJ will either be here legally where people have a safe place to get it, jobs created and revenue realized OR it will just go back underground where only the underground market will benefit. Something to think about: The mafia had virtually no power until one thing was enacted in this country: Prohibition.
  • by Lori Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    Please close down all dispensaries. This marijuana is not a medical answer but a dangerous pschological drug....It does not heal and is not from God's herb garden but part of the thorns/thistles/curses/sorcery departments. It was illegal and needs to be again. Our country has lost standards and we are calling good that which was bad and is still bad.... Deception is taking over....
  • by High Country Caregiver Location: Mountains on Jul 26, 2010 at 06:00 PM
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