Compromise on Zoning Issues for Medical-Marjiuana
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Compromise on Zoning Issues for Medical-Marjiuana
Posted by CN Staff on February 01, 2011 at 06:14:50 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Colorado -- Denver City Council members reached a tentative compromise Monday over what to do with medical-marijuana-growing facilities that aren't located where they're supposed to be.The city estimates as many as 50 growing facilities are in areas it was OK to be when they opened but not after the zoning changed. Some council members wanted those facilities to move. Others wanted them grandfathered in.
The compromise allows the facilities to remain in place for two years, after which they will have to go to a public hearing to decide whether they can stay. The resolution was hashed out by Council President Chris Nevitt and Councilwoman Judy Montero, who had offered the competing proposals."It's not where we started," Nevitt said at a Monday meeting of the City Council's Special Issues Committee, where council members approved the compromise. "But this is definitely something each of us is happy to live with."The compromise appears to have headed off a potentially nasty fight on the council between supporters of medical-marijuana businesses and those who want to see greater restrictions placed on them."I think two years is a good compromise to engage the community and give them a voice," Councilman Michael Hancock said.But it didn't please everyone. Councilman Doug Linkhart said it was wrong to place in peril businesses that followed all the rules when opening."Shutting a business down, or potentially shutting it down, after two years is unprecedented in our city," he said. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: February 1, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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