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Wake-Up Call: Boulder officials fire up medical-marijuana dispensary regulations

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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.

"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."

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