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In Fort Collins, marijuana dispensaries close

6:55 PM, Feb 13, 2012   |    comments
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By Tuesday night, the dispensaries must close. As of Monday, police were ensuring enforcement and rounding up the leftover product.

At Infinite Wellness, Monday was the last day of business.

"I actually have a holistic medicine background," said Cristine Romarine, who helps run the dispensary and clinic, which used to include massage therapy, among other healing options.

She says she invested her life savings in a business she believed in. Romarine doesn't even use marijuana, but she says she's seen so many people with serious problems who have had their lives improve since they started coming.

"My heart aches, actually - a lot," Romarine said sighing. "There are a lot of people who will suffer from this."

Earlier this month, a group of dispensary owners sued the city of Fort Collins to keep the dispensaries open. They said the ordinance banning their dispensaries was unconstitutional. Last week, a judge denied their injunction request.

That leaves police to enforce the ordinance.

"We're kind of the code enforcement guys, we're the movers," Sgt. Jim Bryne, with Fort Collins Police Services, said.

In the next 24 hours, he says police will be collecting the marijuana and products that are left over from the dispensaries.

"Many of the dispensaries are waiting until that last moment to close," Bryne said.

But at Infinite Wellness, Monday was the last day.

"It makes me sad. How would these people feel if we voted their business out?" Romarine said.

She says she will be taking over a dispensary in Lakewood and it will go by the same name of Infinite Wellness. On Monday, she made sure to remind patients to visit her there.

She says the closing means job losses at her Fort Collins business, one of roughly 20 that are ceasing operations as a result of the ban.

As for medical marijuana patients in the area, there are two dispensaries in Larimer County. Patients can still go to caregivers who can grow the marijuana at home.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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