Upon hearing of the Denver TV report, Indy writer Debbie Kelley approached the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado with a number of questions, including: Is this true? If so, when will letters go out? How will enforcement be handled? Has this happened in other states?
Here's the response from spokesperson Jeff Dorschner:
"Thank you for your email. I saw the CBS4 report. Unfortunately, at this time, I have to decline comment. Should that change I will let you know."
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A Denver TV station, CBS4, is reporting that federal action against Colorado medical marijuana centers within 1,000 feet of schools is imminent, and could be part of a larger strategy by the state's U.S. attorney.
Warning letters will be going out to dispensaries and grow facilities near schools, CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger has learned. So far it’s not clear how soon that will happen.
Dispensaries that receive the letters will be given 45 days to shut down or move operations. If they don’t comply, they will be shut down by the U.S. attorney in Colorado.
The dispensaries who are set to be targeted are the ones that are located within 1,000 feet of schools. That measurement is being used because that distance already appears in federal law as a factor in drug crime sentencing.
Colorado Springs requires only that a center be at least 400 feet away from any school. So if true, this development could impact a number of established local businesses.