Should Boulder be the medical-marijuana epicenter of Colorado? A city council member says "no"

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Medical marijuana is a smokin'-hot topic in Boulder these days, what with the city council this week implementing assorted restrictions on dispensaries -- and almost (but not quite) legitimizing any and all weed sellers, whether they're supplying licensed patients or not.

Shortly thereafter, councilman Macon Cowles spoke to the Boulder Daily Camera about the possibility of creating a "'city marijuana facility,' where local growers and providers could bring excess product to have redistributed to other dispensaries" -- a notion that shares some common ground with state senator Al White's idea for the state to take charge of growing and distributing medical marijuana.

Cowles hasn't backed away from this concept -- but he does take issue with a line in the article about Boulder becoming the nexus for medical marijuana in the state. Here's that passage:

He also said that as long as medical marijuana is being legally grown -- and taxed -- in Colorado, Boulder might as well be the epicenter for it and reap the benefits.

"I think this is potentially an important industry," Cowles said.

When contacted about the Daily Camera piece, Cowles replied via e-mail that he didn't have time to go into detail about a city marijuana facility -- but he did want to "clarify what I think is the wrong impression left by the article.

"I do not advocate that Boulder become the epicenter for Medical Marijuana," he wrote. "I do advocate that a commission be put together of local people to study how the needs of medical-marijuana patients can be satisfied in an orderly way and within the bounds of the law. In this way, law enforcement, the City, patients, and providers can be assured that the legitimate needs of patients are being met legally, removing uncertainty and increasing the safety surrounding the implementation of Amendment 20."

Guess there's no need add the phrase "The Epicenter of Medical Marijuana in Colorado" to those "Welcome to Boulder" signs.

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