Sorry, Rocky Mountain High. Colorado Supreme Court gives city local controls for marijuana licensing

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By Alicia Wallace for The Cannabist:
Northglenn City Council had the right to deny a medical marijuana license because the new dispensary was deemed superfluous, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The state’s highest court ruled that Northglenn’s code language listing criteria such as “number, type, and availability” of existing medical marijuana centers when considering new applications was not “unconstitutionally vague.”
The decision, which reverses a district court ruling, serves as an affirmation for local control — for the discretion granted to cities to craft locally appropriate ordinances for licensing and regulating marijuana centers and related facilities, said Kevin Bommer, deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League, which filed an amicus brief in support of Northglenn.


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