Fairplay, Colorado is the most recent community in Colorado to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, optional premises cultivation, and mmj infused product manufacture. Unlike other communities like where it was up in the air as to why cannabis shops were being banned, Fairplay, Colorado spent nearly a year and a half or since 2009 deciding whether or not to allow dispensaries. One or two dispensaries came and went in Fairplay over the past couple of years of the marijuana green boom, but none are currently in operation nor effected by the ban.
When marijuana is being banned, advocates often show up in hordes though out Colorado to protest. Dispensary owners, their legal defense, and patients often give testimony at town council meeting, but unusually in Fairplay before the dispensary ban vote, when public comment was allowed, no one appeared. Park County has among the highest percentage of patients per population in Colorado, yet no patients, caregivers, or potential dispensary owners came to speak out against the ban of retail cannabis.
Town Attorney Lee Philips reinforced the patients – caregiver model and stressed that the new law in no way effects protections given to marijuana patients under Amendment 20. Mayor Greg Johnson said that the reason for the ban on commercial marijuana production and distribution within the town centered on the idea that it disrupts schools, teachers, and parents. Fairplay Mayor also noted that dispensaries are having a negative effect on neighboring towns such as Alma where already one dispensary, the South Park Cannabis Club has shut down. Existing marijuana centers in Alma such as High Country Healing 2 (HCH2), and Alma Cannabis Theraputics are likely to see an upswing in business as they are the only 2 remaining dispensaries in Northern Park County.
New laws under CO HB 10 – 1284 enabled communities like Fairplay to vote to ban cannabis. Compared to other communities Fairplay handled the ban well as they are not shuttering any existing marijuana businesses, and they are encouraging the re-emerging patient – caregiver model of marijuana production originally intended by Amendment 20 and the voters. Jah Bless caregivers in the High Country.blog comments powered by i420 & Disqus