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Oct 23, 2009 10:21 PM by James Jarman

Marijuana shop almost on high school campus

      Your kids could be walking by a marijuana business everyday and you'd never know it.  There are virtually no laws regulating where medical marijuana shops can locate.

    Law enforcement in Colorado Springs points to a shop that's practically on a high school campus. The business is located in between Palmer High School's classrooms and the gymnasium.  The campus is split and the business is in the middle, where hundreds of kids walk by it everyday.

     "You have a dispensary now, that's opened up essentially in the middle of Palmer High School," said 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May, "it allows them to recruit our 18 year old high school students into medical marijuana."

     He points out that it's illegal for a liquor store or adult book store to locate that close to a school, but not a marijuana shop.

     The shop owner says he's not selling marijuana out of his office. He says he only consults with potential clients there, and he delivers the marijuana to his clients.

     He says he didn't open the shop in that location to recruit high schoolers. The location "was a huge deterrent at first, but because of the situation itself, of me knowing someone who owned this building, we just decided this would be a good spot for my office," Joe Hershberger told News First 5.

     He also agrees with the DA, and says more regulation is needed for the medical marijuana industry.  "The problem's we need to have regulations. The more regulations the more inspections the better things will get," he said.

     Hershberger does not think government regulation should include outlawing felons from operating medical marijuana shops.  Hershberger was convicted on felony drug charges 11 years ago.

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