Petition Seeks Election On Medical Marijuana Centers
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Petition Seeks Election On Medical Marijuana Centers

Petition to ban dispensaries in Ft Collins not half way to signature goal with July 19 deadline

A petition drive aimed at asking Fort Collins voters whether medical marijuana businesses should be allowed in the city has yet to hit the halfway point of its goal for signatures, supporters say. Petition passers have until July 19 to turn in the signatures of 4,214 registered Fort Collins voters to the City Clerk’s Office to advance a proposed ordinance that would ban marijuana businesses, including dispensaries and grow operations, from the city.

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  1. Yaqin says:

    To the City Council:I was alarmed by an arilcte in the Coloradoan which indicated that the City Council was going to grandfather all current medical marijuana dispensaries located in Fort Collins, regardless of their location. The justification was that the locations don’t cause any loitering or crime or other problems. As I made aware to you last year, this is not the case.I live directly behind Rock N Robin. Since it has become a leading place to acquire marijuana, the traffic situation in the alley behind the store has exploded. A telephone pole has been knocked over, graffiti is commonly applied to every structure near the store and vagrants loiter outside the store constantly. I have even been approached on several occasions by loiterers wanting to rent the tool shed behind my house. There is no room for the hundreds of daily customers to park.Rock N Robin doesn’t violate just 1 of the proposed ordinances regarding location of an MMD. It violates most, if not all of them. It is across the street from CSU, within 500 feet of a halfway house and within 1000 feet of a day care center. There is no justification for grandfathering Rock N Robin. Rock N Robin has incurred no significant expense to sell marijuana. Sales have not been permitted for long enough to justify grandfathering. The fact that the council has delayed a grandfathering decision for a year does not justify it either. Mr. Atteberry wrote a letter to me last summer acknowledging the increase in traffic in the alley behind Rock N Robin was due to selling marijuana. His information was verified by the police department. Do you realize the potential liability the city has if it grandfathers the MMD locations which violate city ordinances. If you pass ordinances prohibiting MMDs in certain locations, and then you allow them to operate in those very locations, there will be no defense to lawsuits when something bad happens. By passing the ordinances, you have admitted that the MMDs should not be there. Have we not learned anything from the Masters case debacle?The arilcte in the Coloradoan stated that of the 19 provisional licenses currently issued for dispensaries, which are now known as centers, only two met all of the distancing criteria. That means that 17 drug dispensaries will receive a benefit from grandfathering. Should 17 provisional business owners be able to bully the City Council into doing the wrong thing?

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