Posts Tagged ‘medical marijuana laws

According to a local article, Federal authorities are planning to crack down on the medical marijuana business in Colorado on a large scale for the first time. As I wrote several months ago, the Attorney General of Colorado was concerned about the medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado because selling marijuana is still a Federal crime.

Now it seems that warning letters will be going out to dispensaries and grow facilities near schools. The letters are giving 45 days to shut down or move operations. If they don’t shut down the U.S. Attorney in Colorado will shut them down.

The dispensaries that are set to be targeted are the ones that are located within 1,000 feet of schools. That measurement is being used because that distance already appears in federal law as a factor in drug crime sentencing.

The move comes after the Justice Department sent out a memo clarifying that marijuana has been and remains illegal under federal law despite what has taken place with state regulations. Colorado is one of 16 states where medical marijuana laws have been approved.

Many of the state’s dispensaries that are closer than 1,000 feet to a school have already been approved to be there under local laws. These dispensaries were grandfathered in. But now it is unclear if they are allowed to operate under the Federal crackdown.

When Coloradoans approved medical marijuana I’m sure no one anticipated what the Federal government would do. Now it seems that the Feds are getting serious about dispensaries and grow facilities especially if located near a school. As far as I know, there is a law prohibiting liquor stores near schools so why not marijuana dispensaries?