Medical pot shops out of business

Effective today, medical marijuana shops in Grand Junction cannot sell marijuana or marijuana-infused products as a result of a ban approved by city voters.

Anyone convicted of selling marijuana from a dispensary is subject to a fine of $1,000 per day and a year in jail, according to a letter that is to be distributed today to medical marijuana shops by the city.

“We’re not going to be actively looking for violations, but if we know (that stores are selling), they will be contacted and told to cease operations,” Grand Junction City Attorney John Shaver said. “They need to wrap up sooner than later. Our expectation is they will be closed.”

Medical marijuana shops brought in city sales tax revenue of $134,000 in 2010, and $20,500 so far this year, according to City Manager Laurie Kadrich.

Kadrich said the city didn’t include anticipated revenue from medical marijuana shops in its budget projections for 2011 because of the possibility the dispensaries would banned.

Tuesday’s election turnout of 57.6 percent of active voters, set a record for a Grand Junction municipal election; 13,786 voters cast ballots. The medical marijuana issue clearly prompted voter participation as approximately 2,100 people who voted on the medical marijuana issue did not vote on candidates for City Council.


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