Two new Colorado laws are designed to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry more strictly, reports National Public Radio. Local governments now have the option of banning dispensaries in their communities, and doctors who recommend marijuana have to show they actually examined their patients.
Just about every neighborhood in Denver has a dispensary – some have two or three or more. The part of the law that medical marijuana advocates seem most worried about allows local governments – or voters through a local initiative – to ban dispensaries and large growing operations altogether. “We think a community should have no more right to ban a dispensary as they should to ban pharmacies,” says Brian Vicente, director of Sensible Colorado. “We are talking about access to medicine for sick people and we don’t think communities should be able shut that off.”