Last week, the Aurora Sentinel issued an editorial condemning the "local option" written into House Bill 1284: the option for local municipalities to ban medical marijuana centers.
Allowing counties, cities and municipalities to revise their own ideas of what voters meant in 2000 is the wrong course to take. Just as it’s the wrong idea to force into court the issue that cities that seek some clarity on the confusion surrounding medicinal marijuana must adhere strictly to the vague outline that voters approved in 2000 and legislators lightly cleared this year.
Simply put, medicinal marijuana is a medical issue right now.
Cities aren’t asking voters whether they want to deny legitimately ill patients their medicine; they’re skirting issues and presupposing that dispensaries within city limits mean a free-for-all on pot. That’s wrong.