Oct 27, 2009 1:55 AM by John Romero
As the issue of medical marijuana is pressed, both sides are speaking out. But neither are too far from each other in some aspects. For El Paso county DA Dan May it's the lack of real guidance by the law covering everything from who can run a facility to the facilities themselves.
"There are no laws or regulation about dispensaries, and that's the problem." he says, "Not medical marijuana, it's clearly the dispensaries."
May did fire at facility owner Joe Hershberger who just opened up shop near Palmer High School. While Hershberger defends his right to set up shop wherever he chooses, he agrees there's no guidance in the amendment. "I would like more regulation in the industry. We need to have a set, set of standards that everyone has to conform to." explains Hershberger, "It's up to all of us to figure out what the standards should be."
While some look for all out banishment of medical marijuana, newly appointed city council member Sean Paige says it's time for Colorado Springs to look at the reality of the situation.
"We're in to a whole new area here." Paige told the crowd at Monday's City Council meeting, "I don't think we're going to turn back the clock. I think we need to adapt and learn how to deal with this. I think this is time to accept that this is the will of the people." Paige is in favor of legalization and says the city could profit from the taxes. "We need to get out ahead of this thing and not look at it as a curse. We need to look at it as an opportunity."