Springs weighs tougher rules for medical pot

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Colorado Springs is considering stricter zoning regulations for medical marijuana businesses.

The city planning commission will consider the regulations Thursday and is trying to determine how many businesses would be in violation of the law if the new rules are approved.

An estimated 40 medical marijuana businesses would be forced to close and dozens of people would lose their jobs.

The changes would expand the definition of a school to include preschools, colleges, universities and seminaries. They would also expand the required buffer zone between a school and a medical marijuana center from 400 feet to 1,000 feet.

3 Responses to Springs weighs tougher rules for medical pot

  1. In the middle of an economic recession, politicians WILL find a way to eliminate our jobs and lively-hood.

    Bob Bighorn
    November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

  2. This story missed the part that will eliminate most of the businesses. A garden located in an industrial zone can not use the M1 20% retail allocation. A dispensary in a commercial area is only allowed a very minimal area to grow. Infused edible manufactures have to be in M1 but can not sell from there. The split and varied zones will eliminate any combinations and force businesses to shutter.

    I’m still trying to figure out what they are trying to protect us from… I mean besides their personal bias.

    November 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  3. How can they continue to mess with the one true growth industry in our city? This kind of regulation doesn’t protect anyone. Marijuana will continue to flourish regardless, it’s the tax base and legitimate jobs that will suffer. Why on earth would the city restrict something that’s bringing in revenue and regulating something that would otherwise be on the black market?

    It’s misguided and shortsighted.

    PK Powell
    November 17, 2010 at 10:37 am