Colorado medical marijuana dispensers consider alliance |

Colorado medical marijuana dispensers consider alliance

John Ingold
The Denver Post

LONGMONT – Even for a roomful of people in the nascent medical marijuana industry, what Larry Hill was proposing was a little unusual.

Standing before a meeting of cannabis dispensary owners here last week, Hill said the time has come to form a trade association.

“People, let’s help ourselves,” said Hill, who operates The Apothecary dispensary in Longmont. “It’s time we become the shining light in the community, so that people aren’t afraid of us anymore.”

Across the state – as the number of medical marijuana dispensaries surges and local officials rush to enact laws governing them – cannabis business people have banded together so as to have a louder voice in the debate.

More than 100 people attended the meeting in Longmont last week at the VFW hall, which Hill hosted. A day before, medical marijuana attorney Rob Corry hosted a similar meeting in Denver. Corry said he is talking with around 50 dispensary owners about forming a statewide association.

The idea, the medical marijuana supporters say, is to find a way for the burgeoning industry to fill the current regulatory vacuum and perhaps stave off further governmental rules by regulating itself.

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