Advice to Attleboro from Colorado: Stand firm on legalized marijuana rules – The Sun Chronicle
Debbie Brinkman, the mayor of Littleton, Colo., has a bit of advice for the Attleboro area as it wrestles with the issue of legalized marijuana — stand firm.
Brinkman said local governments must brace themselves and prepare to deal with constant pressure from marijuana companies as they continually seek to expand.
“Do not let them run roughshod. They will push and push and never stop,” she said. “”They’re incredibly aggressive. They don’t stop.”
In Littleton, she said, the community decided it only wanted medical marijuana dispensaries and not recreational pot shops, or “retail marijuana” as they say in Colorado.
Yet marijuana companies keep pressuring Littleton to give in and allow recreational marijuana, she said, adding that the city has turned down their attempts twice.
“You need a united front” to resist, she said.
With 41,000 residents, Littleton, the home of Columbine High School, is just a little smaller than Attleboro.
The central Colorado city, just south of Denver, has four medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened since marijuana was legalized in 2012.
Attleboro has awarded one medical license so far and has applications for four more. It has not yet dealt with recreational marijuana or put limits on the number of shops.
Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux said state regulations require communities that allow recreational marijuana to permit a number of shops amounting to at least 20 percent of its liquor stores licenses.
With 19 liquor stores, Attleboro must allow at least five recreational marijuana shops, he said.
The city council is in the process of figuring out if it wants to allow more than five.
Brinkman said Littleton