Monday marked the closure deadline provided by US Attorney John Walsh to Colorado collectives located within 1,000 feet of schools.. All 25 collectives complied and either relocated or closed for good.
This was Walsh’s second round of warning letters to collectives, and some were confused to find that they were included on the list. Three collectives that received letters were located close to the University of Colorado Boulder campus, which only adult learners, not children, attend. In addition, the first round of letters targeted a number of collectives near the University of Denver and Regis.
In the past, Walsh explained that his motivation was to protect the children in their communities. However, his spokesman, Jeff Dorschner, has now clarified that Walsh wants to protect all students; both children in K-12 schools as well as adults in college settings. Dorschner explained, “Universities are considered schools. This is part of the definition of the Drug Free School Zone Act.” The Act that Dorschner refers to details punishment for drug-offenses within 1,000 feet of a school.
Dorschner added, “The US Attorney’s goal from the beginning was to essentially enforce the enhanced penalties regarding the distribution and manufacture of marijuana in or near schools or colleges– and the purpose of that is to protect students from marijuana stores.”
US Attorney Walsh has promised that a third round of letters will be coming, though he hasn’t specified when they will go out or who exactly they will target. In a response letter to Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who opposes the crackdowns, Walsh explained that the crackdowns will continue “until all marijuana dispensaries in Colorado operating within 1,000 feet of a school have been warned and ceased operation.”
It should be noted that Walsh seems to be operating at his own directive. In the same letter to Garnett, Walsh wrote that the program, “is not at the direction of Washington, DC, but at my direction as US Attorney and as a Coloradoan.”