Council approves MMJ ordinance

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With no vocal opposition, from the public or elected officials, the Colorado Springs City Council has given final approval this afternoon to an ordinance that sets up a process for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries that already exist inside the city.

The vote was 6-3, identical to the first reading of the ordinance on May 25, with Councilors Darryl Glenn, Randy Purvis and Scott Hente voting no.

Two weeks ago, the public comment and Council debate continued for more than two hours. This time, the entire debate, motion and vote was done inside 25 minutes.

As reported previously, the ordinance (No. 10-45) takes care of the city's need to be in accordance with the state legislation (HB 1284) that requires any dispensaries to be licensed at the local level by July 1. Otherwise, they would have had to shut down and remain closed until August 2011.

Gov. Bill Ritter signed the legislation Monday, with portions taking effect immediately and other portions later.

The ordinance, which was put together by a task force including two City Councilors (Tom Gallagher and Sean Paige) and representatives of the local MMJ community, is available here.

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