U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued letters this month to 10 medical marijuana centers throughout Colorado, ordering them to shut down or move because they are located within 1,000 feet of schools.
The mailing marks the third round of threatening letters sent to Colorado medical marijuana centers this year; 23 letters were sent out in January, and another 25 were mailed in March. All of the businesses targeted in those mailings closed or relocated voluntarily.
A fourth round of letters is scheduled to go out before the end of the year, according to Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.
“We’re even hearing anecdotally there are other stores that have closed without receiving a letter, simply out of fear of receiving a letter,” Dorschner said.
The crackdown continues despite U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s assurance to Colorado Rep. Jared Polis that medical marijuana center owners who followed state laws would not be subject to federal law enforcement priorities.
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