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All targeted marijuana stores within 1,000 feet of schools are closed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2012

DENVER – On January 12, 2012, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent a letter to certain marijuana stores operating within 1,000 feet of schools warning them that if they did not close within 45 days they would be the subject of civil and possible criminal action. Today the DEA went to each address to determine whether the marijuana store was closed. If a store was not closed, the DEA would then implement their enforcement action to close that marijuana store.

The U.S. Attorney and the Drug Enforcement Administration is announcing that the targeted stores are all closed. Enforcement action proved necessary at five locations. After entering those locations the DEA determined that the sale or distribution of marijuana had ceased at that location, and therefore the location was closed.

“Thanks to the excellent work of the DEA, working hand in glove with prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we were able to close marijuana stores that sold a Scheduled I Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “These stores were closed without incident. This effort is about protecting children from illegal drugs, and maintaining drug free zones around our schools in compliance with federal law.”

“The purpose of today’s action by the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office was to enforce federal law with regard to marijuana stores operating within 1,000 feet of schools in Colorado,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra M. Roach. “Marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, is a dangerous drug – especially when used by children. The closure of the targeted dispensaries today will make those affected schools more secure for our children and teachers throughout the State of Colorado.”

There were 23 stores on the original list. After further investigation it was determined that one store was by a school building, but that building was no longer being used to educate children. That letter was withdrawn.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is now working on phase two, which will be similar to phase one. A list of marijuana stores within 1,000 feet of schools will receive similar letters advising them to close or face civil or criminal penalties.

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