Jul 2, 2010 8:26 PM by Stephanie Collins
17 dispensaries filed paperwork with Pueblo County Thursday, the deadline set by the state, for dispensaires to get approval from local governments to operate legally.
It's a growing business in the county, but dispensaries still aren't allowed in city limits. Earlier this week the only openly operating medical marijuana center in Pueblo city limits, MediMar Ministries, was shut down by city officials.
"We serve approximately 500 patients, or did serve approximately 500 patients out of this location," explains MediMar manger Andrea Floyd.
Pueblo county allowed dispensaries to apply for an operating permit until the first of July, but for MediMar and any others wanting to operate within city limits that wasn't an option, "We've missed the deadline for county applications, so that's not in our immediate future, honestly our immediate future is trying to find a way to work with the city," says Floyd.
City council is currelty working on how to monitor and regulate medical marijuana center and is even considering a ballot measure that would let the public decide on whether to have dispensaries, "Whether we have medical marijuana centers or not, people still have a constitutional right as patients or as caregivers, to be able to grow it, right now they can grow it in their house." Says City Council Member Steve Nawrocki.
Pueblo City Council will consider on July 12th, whether to ask the voters to decide in November if medical marijuana centers should be allowed in the city.