Summit County pot stores scramble for compliance |

Summit County pot stores scramble for compliance

— Local medical marijuana dispensary owners were scrambling this week to keep their doors open.

Sunday is the deadline for the centers — as defined by new state laws — to apply for a state license. The next opportunity will be summer 2011.

“I’m getting ready to deliver a bible of paperwork,” said Cory McNeill, owner of the Breckenridge Loft. “The most highly scrutinized license ever given out in American history makes it very nerve wracking.”

There’s a business application and a personal one. The latter requires a 10-year employment and business association history, detailed personal financial information, fingerprinting, copies of all higher education degrees and more.

Meanwhile local governments are dealing with their own stacks of paperwork. Breckenridge Town Council recently passed an emergency ordinance to allow two of its roughly seven dispensaries to change hands before Aug. 1.

And with another state legislative session convening before the year-long moratorium on new dispensaries ends, many attorneys expect the laws to change again.

“It’s a moving target,” said Breckenridge town attorney Tim Berry, who’s redrafting regulations for medical marijuana that comply with state House Bill 1284.

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