The mayor and other city officials say it isn’t so, but anti-drug critics say that by allowing as many as 23 medical marijuana dispensaries to continue operating in the Fort Collins, Co, despite the fact that most are in violation of distance requirements from schools and churches, the city is a hub for medicinal cannabis.
The critics also insist that the number of medical marijuana-related businesses in town should be capped.
One such critic is Scoot Crandall, executive director of Team Fort Collins, an organization that fights substance abuse among kids, who told the press, “My main concern is that we’re saying this a medication with no harmful side effects. We’re already seeing use rates among young people go up, and pot is not compatible with the healthy development of the brain.”
But Mayor Doug Hutchinson says that the restrictions Fort Collins has placed on medical-marijuana businesses are actually tougher than what the state of Colorado requires.
Last week, Hutchinson voted with the 5-2 majority to grandfather in medical marijuana-related businesses that are either already in operation in his city, or are in the process of becoming licensed.