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I believe that the state has already set forth regulations for retail marijuana and the location of these sites in relation to schools, parks and other places minors are typically present are included in those regulations. If not then it would be fairly easy for the City to come up with something beside complete prohibition.
The state has failed already to fully define how to manage this issue. There are still issues pending including how to tax the sale of marijuana which has to be decided by ballot. Additionally, it is still a federal crime and the businesses cannot legally use a bank to manage their activity (which would include most credit cards as well). Given all this I think Craig would be wise to completely prohibit this from the city until the issue has more clarity.
A search of the Colorado Department of Revenue will lead to several documents pertaining to the regulation and management of retail marijuana. Considering the deadline was July 1st, 2013 much work has been done in regards to framing a set of regulations. They appear to mirror the regulations for medicinal sites. Several citizens, state representatives and law enforcement officials have participated in creating these regulations so one could reasonably assume that there has been a great deal of thought put into this effort. Many things are covered and if a person took the time to read and understand these regulations then a different opinion may be formed other than outright prohibition.
It's just noise until changes are made to federal law. As long as it remains illegal at the federal level, state authorization is meaningless. From my old stomping grounds today: Feds raid medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state — where possession is legal. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/24/19664590-feds-raid-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-in-washington-state-where-possession-is-legal?lite
As the lawyer FOR ONE OF THE DISPENSARIES concedes in the television report: "MJ is illegal 24 hours a day 7 days a week under federal law, there is no defense, there is no justification."
Should be fun to watch, though.
hey city of craig officials look at the poll the majority of us want shops
Yes, it may just be noise until the federal government makes changes and there may be raids on storefronts and grow facilities and there certainly will be changes made to regulations but if it doesn't start somewhere then the federal government will have no reason to change. Making "noise" is how things progress in our society. An evolution has to start somewhere.
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