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Feds Shut Down Over 23 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Colorado


There’s been a lot of action lately in Colorado among the medical marijuana world. Last week, one of the largest dispensaries in the state was shut down after a year-long investigation for selling more than the legal limit (an ounce per day) to customers. This week, over 23 dispensaries were served notices to shut their doors within 45 days in violation of federal and state law for setting up dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools. U.S. District Attorney John Walsh commented on the issue Thursday:

“When the voters of Colorado passed the limited medical marijuana amendment in 2000, they could not have anticipated that their vote would be used to justify large marijuana stores located within blocks of our schools.”

He cited a memo from back in 2011 from U.S. Deputy Attorney James Cole that allows federal prosecutors to “exercise discretion when handling marijuana trafficking matters.”

This comes after many crackdowns among all of the west, including Montana and California. As more states pass medical marijuana bills, states where it’s already legal continue to filter out any and all dispensaries that may be running with even the simplest of infractions.

Denver lawyer Robert Corry, who represents clients that are charged with marijuana offenses, said in front of the Denver City Council that “there should be no arbitrary distance limits” for legal marijuana businesses, especially when otherwise operating within state and federal guidelines.

“There is no documented case of any child ever purchasing or obtaining medical marijuana from a dispensary,”

he said in a statement.

Regardless, U.S. District Attorney John Walsh said law enforcement officials will be looking out for other violations, and offenders could be looking at seizure in assets, property forfeitures, and cold, hard jail time.