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Denver Leaders Jockey on Medical Pot 
Posted by CN Staff on February 22, 2011 at 05:48:27 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Denver's City Council continues to wrestle with a controversial zoning issue surrounding medical-marijuana grow facilities as it prepares to take the final vote tonight on new pot ordinances.The dispute has resulted in a threat of a lawsuit against one councilwoman, fears from business owners who believe the city is setting them up for closure and posturing by council members running for higher office.
The vote tonight on an ordinance that would set new licensing procedures and requirements may face a hitch if an amendment is floated over the most controversial aspect  hearings required for 52 grow facilities that set up shop in locations where the zoning has changed.Hearings will begin in two years to determine whether the facilities are a nuisance and could lead to their being shut down.Facility owners have argued that the uncertainty of what will occur in two years puts their businesses at risk."Why would we invest in nearly $500,000 in upgrades to be put out of business in two years?" asked Danielle Hurley, owner of Riverside Wellness Marijuana Center, which has a grow facility.Councilman Doug Linkhart said Monday that he may put up an amendment, if he believes he has the votes, to change the timeline to four years. Last week, a similar amendment failed 7-6, but council members have been lobbying one another to change votes."These companies have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and hired dozens of employees. There is no negative effect," Linkhart said. "To me, it's about jobs." Snipped   Complete Article: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17447271Source: Denver Post (CO)Author: Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver PostPublished: February 22, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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