The moratorium ordinance passed Aug. 17 means there will only be two medical marijuana dispensaries in Englewood for at least the next six months. …
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The moratorium ordinance passed Aug. 17 means there will only be
two medical marijuana dispensaries in Englewood for at least the
next six months.
The moratorium was established by an emergency ordinance in
which new restrictions are in place immediately. So for six months
from the effective date, Aug. 17, no dispensary that does not have
a sales-tax license by Aug. 17 cannot open or operate in the city
The city council passed the moratorium on second reading, citing
the need to look into issues regarding zoning and separation
“Zoning is the issue,” Councilmember Jill Wilson said during the
discussion of the ordinance. “Because the rapid expansion of
dispensaries is so new, we gather more information. We know other
cities are wrestling with the same issues such as establishing a
minimum distance from schools and playgrounds and distances between
Mayor Jim Woodward agreed. He said the issue will go to the
planning and zoning commission for discussions about regulations to
those governing the required separation and the minimum distance
Councilmember Joe Jefferson said he wished to see the issue move
forward quickly. He said he would like any proposed regulations to
be developed on for action quickly and, if possible, have the
moratorium lifted in less than six months. Councilmember Randy Penn
Woodward said the issue will be the number one priority for the
planning and zoning commission. The commission will take up the
issue, hold a public hearing and then provide recommendations to
the city council.
Before the vote, the council heard from attorney Robert J. Corry
Jr., who urged defeat of the moratorium. He said there were people
in the community who had the required prescriptions and needed
dispensaries where they could receive the marijuana to help relieve
He said recent rulings have made this a critical time for
establishment of dispensaries because the number of clients who
have registered with the state to for medical uses of marijuana has
“I predict there will be at least 100 dispensaries in Denver and
probably another 50 in Arapahoe County,” Corry said. “This
moratorium means the dispensaries will be in surrounding
communities and not in Englewood.”
He said that means the city loses out on sales taxes from
dispensaries that typically see 10 to 15 clients a day, providing
the medical marijuana at a current price of $300 an ounce.
He said, if the moratorium was defeated, he would volunteer his
services to help the city draft the rules needed to insure proper
operation of the dispensaries.
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