Dec 17, 2009 8:30 PM by News First 5

Commissioners impose restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries

While Pueblo city leaders have put medical marijuana dispensaries on hold, El Paso County commissioners have taken a different approach.

In a unanimous vote on Thursday, they decided to impose temporary zoning restrictions to limit medical marijuana dispensaries to certain commercial areas.   "If it's a legitimate business than it needs to be where legitimate businesses go," said El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey.

They used a code similar to liquor stores.  Dispensaries have to be 500 feet away from schools, parks and churches.

"It seems like they're taking the high road," said Kenny Brock, owner of Old World Pharmaceuticals, one of the three medical marijuana dispensaries the county believes to be in unincorporated areas.

Brock doesn't think his business will be affected by today's decision.  "Ee've tried very hard to be an industry standard and looked very hard for a location that we would be in compliance with anything that might come in the future," he said.

The resolution expires in six months. By that time, commissioners hope to have some direction from the state legislature.



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