Medical marijuana dispensaries were banned following a 6-1 vote last night by the Grand Junction City Council. All commercial sales of medical cannabis and all medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits will have to shut up shop on January 11, 2011.
The one vote against a ban came from Mayor Teresa Coons, those in favor of the ban – Gregg Palmer, Tom Kenyon, Bill Pitts, Bonnie Beckstein, Bruce Hill, and Sam Susuras – gave the following reasons for their decision:
- they felt that Colorado state laws for marijuana dispensaries are not sufficiently regulatory
- they believe that the voter approved Amendment 20 did not make provisions for dispensaries to exist in the first place
There were more than 60 attendees at the hearing, most of them opposing the ban. They were, understandably, disappointed with the decision and believe that the dispensary ban will create more problems than it resolves by sending users of medical marijuana to the streets and the black market rather than to a strictly regulated business.
Mesa County Constitution Advocates represents 17 local dispensaries and their estimate is that around 400 individuals will begin cultivating and selling marijuana to fulfil the market currently served by the dispensaries.