The Denver Post reports on efforts by some Colorado communities to push back against marijuana shops, resistance that’s proven to be effective in keeping the industry out of some neighborhoods.
Some residents say the shops are a nuisance and don’t belong in their communities. Staff writer John Aguilar reports on how one west Denver private school opposed the local siting of a marijuana store, citing its impact on kids and on people struggling with addiction.
Chaim Abrams, operations manager for the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary just a few blocks from where the store would go in, said a pot shop in the neighborhood sends the wrong message.
“We attract a lot of out-of-state students. It would not be good for our reputation,” Abrams said. “People would think that this is the school in Denver to get pot. That’s not a great recruiting tool.”
Aguilar reports that the grassroots efforts to block marijuana shops — which number about 330 statewide — have proven to be effective.
This issue is likely to play out in some Oregon communities. The new marijuana law allows communities to ban retail marijuana sales within their city limits, but only through a vote of the people at a general election. When it comes to medical marijuana dispensaries, some local governments imposed moratoriums on the establishments.
— Noelle Crombie