What's happened to the liberal mecca of Boulder? First, cops put a lid -- and some pants -- on plans to resurrect the Halloween Mall Crawl, as well as the Naked Pumpkin Run. And now the city's looking at strictly regulating medical marijuana dispensaries -- if it doesn't ban them altogether.
At 6 p.m. today, the Boulder Planning Board will draft a proposal to send on to Boulder City Council. Among the possible moves: setting a limit on the number of dispensaries allowed in the city (there are now about twenty), limiting where and when dispensaries can operate, adopting a moratorium on any new dispensaries -- or requiring a sales-tax license that would be impossible for dispensaries to get.
This is Boulder?
But there's a ray of light in this gloom, and it's coming from Hapa Sushi, the restaurant that handed out orange undies as a public pubic service on Halloween, urging participants to "Run Responsibly" -- and then return to Hapa when they have the munchies.
According to a story in the New York Times today (full disclosure: I know the author and am quoted in it), a new ad for Hapa's four restaurants features a map of the metro area, with four red dots indicating the Hapa locaitons -- and 59 blue ones showing the location of medical marijuana dispensaries.
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"We're just kind of saying, 'Look, these dispensaries exist and they're becoming part of our community, so let's welcome them in and have some fun,' " Mark Van Grack, owner of Hapa Sushi, told the Times. "If you're going to smoke pot, you're going to get the munchies, so come to Hapa to eat."