After having their business license applications denied, 23 medical marijuana shops are appealing.
The Boulder businesses were denied according to the city because of a variety of reasons. Some were not compliant with zoning or the people associated with the dispensary had criminal records.
Natures Medicine in Longmont created a ballot question to allow the voters to determine if these marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in town. The Longmont City Council banned them, and that decision kicks in July 1.
Across Colorado and in Boulder County, the industry has generated $8.2 million in fees to pay for the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division office located in Denver. The division also has offices in Fruita, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. In Boulder, the shops also must be verified for code compliance and other regulations, including if their applications are complete. Energy use and its efficiency is part of the larger Boulder city ordinance overseeing the shops.
Boulder’s Lotus Medical LLC that sits at 3107 28th St., Suite B, expects spending about $2,000 on its appeal. It was denied because it is within 500 feet of a day-care center that cares for children.
The Longmont ballot measure has to first be approved by the city attorney's office. After that, it could then be placed November ballot for a vote.
In Colorado, medical marijuana is allowed under a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 2000. Then, dispensaries appeared statewide after it was decided that medical marijuana laws would be left up to the states and not prosecuted on a federal level.