The ambiguity surrounding medical marijuana dispensaries concerns Durango Police Chief David Felice.
"Under Amendment 20, dispensaries should show significant concern for the well-being of their patients," Felice said.
"But the state doesn't regulate them."
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the state exercises no oversight of the
dispensaries. The state doesn't issue licenses, has no regulations regarding dispensaries or even has a list of the
outlets, a spokesman said.
As a result, his counterparts throughout Colorado are zipping e-mails back and forth regarding how best to address
the issue, Felice said.
An Associated Press story Monday said Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco officials have put 90-day moratoriums on
applications for medical marijuana dispensaries while they decide how to handle such requests.
Zoning may be the way they go, Felice said. Zoning could keep such establishments away from schools or out of
Felice expects to see the state defer to local entities on regulations because it has no guidelines itself.
"They're considering regulations that address time, manner and place," Felice said.
As a law-enforcement officer, Felice said, "I'm concerned about dispensaries to the extent they don't abuse the
guidelines in place."
Dispensaries should have more than a tenuous connection with their patients, and people who grow should observe
limits on number of plants and amount of usable marijuana in their possession.
"I'm concerned if they test the limits of regulations," Felice said.