In a comment to RawStory.com, Aurora City Councilman Robert Broom says, "I think 80 percent of the people who have registered for it want it for recreational use, and 20 percent for legitimate purposes."
In Colorado, nearly 65,000 people signed up for medical marijuana cards in the past several years as the state began to grant more licenses for marijuana dispensaries. The onslaught of applicants prompted the Colorado Department of Public Health to stop offering assistance to new applicants.
“Due to high volume of applications, the office of vital records will no longer review applications,” the health department’s website says.
Broom has been a supporter of Aurora’s moratorium on dispensaries that will be up for a voter referendum this fall.
“I understand that marijuana does have health benefits. But these dispensaries can be a magnet for crime, they have both money and drugs which makes them attractive targets for criminals,” he said.