City unveils MMJ licensing ordinance

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Today, the city government of Colorado Springs posted agendas for the informal City Council meeting on Monday, March 7 and the formal one at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. In the latter is a proposed ordinance amending the city code to include licensing regulations for its medical marijuana businesses.

So what does it say? Nothing new, really.

• It requires any person "selling, growing, distributing, processing or infusing any medical marijuana" to be licensed by the city and state, and pay all applicable fees charged for applications and the actual license itself.

• The applicant must also be in compliance with local zoning laws; have a sales tax license; have possession of the licensed premises; be 18 or older; and be in possession of a store from "from which the business will be operated."

• Applications may be denied on the ground that the applicant has been convicted of a felony in this or any state; been convicted of three or more misdemeanors within a five-year period (it's not clear whether it's any five-year period, or just the most recent); has lied on their application; has previously been denied a license; or previously had their license revoked due to misconduct.

• The listings of "Unlawful Acts" include: failure by a center to permit inspection of its books and records; the consumption of medical marijuana in licensed premises; the display of "any signs that are inconsistent with the City or state law or regulations;" the use of advertising "that is misleading, deceptive, or false;" and failure "to report the name of or a change in managers as required by state law."

All license denials are available for appeal at a public hearing before a hearing officer, following current city guidelines. Council will review the guidelines next week.

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