Denver’s City Council approved a broad set of regulations for the city’s booming medical-marijuana industry over the objections of cannabis advocates who say the rules clamp down too hard on their businesses, the Denver Post reports. The regulations require licensing of medical-marijuana dispensaries, impose 1,000-foot buffers between the shops and schools or child-care facilities, bar on-site marijuana consumption, mandate security procedures and prohibit felons from opening a dispensary.
Critics singled out the 1,000-foot buffers, which medical-marijuana lawyer Rob Corry said amount to a “de facto ban” on new dispensaries in Denver. “Many of these regulations are not reasonable regulations,” attorney Lauren Davis told council members. “They are strangulations that will hurt patients and caregivers.” A smaller number of Denver residents – including a trio of moms concerned about plans for a dispensary to open several hundred feet from a school – spoke in favor of the ordinance, arguing for even tougher spacing restrictions. “What about the exposure of our children to this kind of activity and crime that has accompanied some dispensaries?” Christie Gosch asked council members.