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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Marijuana Dispensary To Open In Breckenridge

Summit Daily

BRECKENRIDGE — Folks with doctor approval for marijuana therapy may soon have easier access through a dispensary in Breckenridge.

Because it would be the town's first such business, town council on Tuesday afternoon put a 90-day moratorium on licensing and location of retail marijuana establishments. Regulations such as operating hours, signage and proximity to such areas as schools are to be decided by the end of the moratorium.

Local attorney Sean McAllister, who represents the party interested in opening a dispensary, said his client is ready to open “as soon as the town authorizes it.”

“Everybody already is open — there are dozens of people in the county that are caregivers,” he said. “It's in peoples' homes, but they want to get it out of their homes because they have children. They want a place people can come that's not in their neighborhood.”

Some 103 Summit County residents are registered for medical marijuana, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

But McAllister said the number of legal, medicinal smokers is likely more in the ballpark of 300 to 500, for registration isn't always necessary.

“People can have recommendations, too,” he said, adding that recommendations must come from a physician with whom one has a relationship.

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