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Carbondale OKs second pot dispensary under new rules

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Town trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the second license for a Carbondale medical marijuana dispensary, acting under a medical marijuana ordinance adopted in July 2011.

The board also bid farewell to outgoing Trustee Ed Cortez and held a swearing-in ceremony for returning Trustees Pam Zentmyer and John Hoffmann, and new Trustee Allyn Harvey, who were elected to the board April 3.

The trustees elected Zentmyer as mayor pro-tem.



The dispensary, known as MMCC LLC (for Medical Marijuana Carbondale Colorado LLC), is owned by local businessmen H.P. Hansen and Spence Schiffer, and is located at 60 N. Third St.

The location, according to Schiffer, is outside the 1,000-foot distance from any local schools, a limit that was established last year by the town for medical marijuana facilities.



The dispensary has been in business for some time, but this is the first formal license issued to the business by the town, according to the town’s application form.

In addition to selling its wares to licensed medical marijuana patients, the MMCC business was granted a license for cultivation, the only such license granted so far under regulations passed by the board of trustees in 2011.

“We have a very sophisticated security system with 24-hour surveillance,” said Schiffer. He assured the trustees that precautions had been taken to prevent break-ins or other problems associated with the business.

Earlier this year, the town issued its first license to operate a dispensary to local businessman Rock Leonard.

That dispensary, known as Doctor’s Garden, is at 580 Main St., and is within the 1,000-foot limit, but was permitted because it had been in business before the trustees established the 1,000-foot rule.

The trustees also held an informal ceremony, followed by a light supper in Town Hall, to honor outgoing Trustee Ed Cortez, who was prevented from seeking re-election by term limits.

Mayor Stacey Bernot read a proclamation honoring Cortez for his 15 years of service to the town: seven years as a member of the planning and zoning commission and eight years as a trustee.

Fellow Trustee Elizabeth Murphy gave Cortez a gift certificate for a pizza in recognition of his hard work over the years.

Cortez, in his last act as a trustee, lauded the board for its accomplishments over the past eight years. He cited the Art ‘Round Town program, creation of the town’s recreation center and the Third Street Center, and renewable energy initiatives in municipal facilities and the private sector.

“Despite all our differences,” he said, “I think we’re really close to being what we want to be.”

To Harvey, who took Cortez’ chair after it was vacated, Cortez said simply, “Don’t ‘bleep’ up!”

jcolson@postindependent.com


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