Colorado US Attorney John Walsh Aims to Protect Students by Closing MMJ Collectives

 by lucy

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.

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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.”



8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    chronicman said on May 9, 2012

    makes me sad to always see the government prosecuting hard working, innocent AND most of all everyone at collective is helping the community and patients, its medicine for heavens sake, all i hope is that they stop here and don't start imposing new regulations that shut down more and more collectives

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    dayzaway99 said on May 10, 2012

    This is good, collectives shouldnt be near schools, or neighborhoods. they need to be in the business or industrial districts

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    THEKILLINGFIELD said on May 10, 2012

    what I dont understand is that dont you need a MM Card to get products???? Cant you not buy things unless you have one? then why would it matter…..

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    Elvers said on May 10, 2012

    what Walsh is doing, is being the big bully for the people voting the pot laws into the state and he don't like it that's his prerogative.!! not a problem!!! we the people voted it in and he relay can't do anything about that part, but there right with the law part. nothing around any school's, collage's we the people put that in to protect them and ourselves so we could have our medicine with out any problem's to go with.

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    Elvers said on May 11, 2012

    here's a good scenario for ya.!!! close all the collectives down, their over stocked with pot, where will it go??!!!! down on the corner out in the street. the collectives have this problem,!! if trying to get rid of it to get some of their money back which they have a right too!!! will relay be watched by the fed. dam ed if you do dam ed if you don't.!! that's the scenario.

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    jibsnmoney said on May 11, 2012

    Everyone can hate this is why Colorado is leading the way. It is because all these super crazy regulations like this, and that all edible, concentrate, grow and business is on camera highly logged. This is how the super up tight right wing people begin to see that marijuana and medical marijuana are of no harm. As much as I dab and smoke and promote Mmj it has no place that close to schools. Its not keeping me from medicating privately between classes

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    jibsnmoney said on May 11, 2012

    The John Walsh letters were written in a very professional and polite manner one of my collectives locations had to relocate. But they agreed moved down the block a bit. And the immediate school zone is free of drugs and no buddy got prosecuted or out of jobs. Just helped to legitimize marijuana

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    Elvers said on May 12, 2012

    at least we have jibsnmoney using their heads instead of going of the deep end. fantastic job!!

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