Mar 28, 2012 8:40 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Medical marijuana is once again under fire from the federal government; just a few weeks ago the U.S. Attorney's Office sent closing orders to 23 dispensaries across the state. Now a new round of leters have been sent, with at lest 4 dispensaries in Colorado Springs targeted for closure because they're too close to schools.
Although Colorado zoning laws require just 400 feet between dispensaries and schools, the federal government is coming down on any shop within 1000 feet, leaving some business owners in Colorado Springs wondering if they'll be next. "Many of these business owners, just through regional building compliance alone, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes up to six figures-- even up to $300,000-- not to mention their staff and of course the equipment that it takes to run one of these busisses," Mark Slaugh of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council says.
The U.S. Attorney's Office gave MMJ shops in violation 45 days to close their doors or face criminal prosecution. Some local dispensary owners are now lobbying city council to ask the federal government for more time to comply.