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by Michael Roberts, Denver Westword
The U.S. Attorney’s Office under John Walsh has now confirmed that dispensaries near schools that received a seizure-threat letter have all stopped doing business at their previous locations. But this confirmation comes with some interesting new information. Although 23 letters were sent, one was subsequently withdrawn. And while spokesman Jeff Dorschner told us on Monday morningthat no enforcement actions had taken place, five later did.
According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release, one of the dispensaries that received a letter was within 1,000 feet of a school that is no longer being used to educate children. As such, the letter was withdrawn. In regard to the other 22 centers, enforcement action was necessary at five of them. Drug Enforcement Administration representatives entered these locations and determined that sales had ended, and the facilities were closed.
We’ve got an interview request in to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner; when he gets back to us, we’ll update this post with additional details. In the meantime, Walsh released the following statement:
“Thanks to the excellent work of the DEA, working hand in glove with prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we were able to close marijuana stores that sold a Scheduled I Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school. These stores were closed without incident. This effort is about protecting children from illegal drugs, and maintaining drug free zones around our schools in compliance with federal law.”
Added DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach:
“The purpose of today’s action by the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office was to enforce federal law with regard to marijuana stores operating within 1,000 feet of schools in Colorado. Marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, is a dangerous drug — especially when used by children. The closure of the targeted dispensaries today will make those affected schools more secure for our children and teachers throughout the State of Colorado.”
The release also reemphasized something Dorschner told us on Monday: “A second list of marijuana stores within 1,000 feet of schools will soon receive similar letters advising them to close or face civil or criminal penalties.”