Colorado Springs shuttering nine cannabis clubs

The city of Colorado Springs has ordered nine cannabis consumption clubs to shut their doors.

It is the first crackdown on cannabis clubs since the Colorado municipality’s city council enacted a ban on the clubs on March 22, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Some clubs are appealing the cease-and-desist orders, while others are challenging the constitutionality of the ban in court.

The clubs first appeared after Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. The law, however, banned public consumption.

Colorado Springs outlawed recreational marijuana sales in the city, but the clubs got around the ban by allowing patrons to “trade” cannabis for memberships, or sign affidavits saying the club was growing the legally allowed six marijuana plants for them.

The ban allowed clubs founded before Sept. 23, 2015, eight years to wind down their businesses. It also required owners to submit a cannabis consumption club application and a $200 fee by April 29 to secure a one-year renewable license for $90 plus registration fees, according to the Gazette.

Five clubs applied by the deadline, and only one has been approved for annual licensing that can be renewed for up to eight years.

Two applications are under consideration, and two were denied. The two clubs that were rejected and seven other clubs that did not apply for licensing have been ordered to close because they are unlicensed.

2 comments on “Colorado Springs shuttering nine cannabis clubs
  1. kathleen chippi on

    A64 fake legalization apparently means go smoke by yourself in your closet just like you did in your college dorm room–oh and exhale through a paper towel role with laundry softener sheets inside…

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  2. chris shepherd on

    Barter is not the same as a sale. When a plant is worth more than your cotton green currency, because your currency is only what value your government deems it to be……………….Government can not and should not prohibit the right to congregate and restrict free trade. Thomas Jefferson and our other fore fathers are rolling over in their graves.

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