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    Posted May 17, 2011 by
    KimSidwell
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    The Closing of In Harmony Wellness

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photographer KimSidwell lost her father to cancer several years ago and says marijuana 'provided him with a little bit of relief toward the end. It made me finally see how really effective marijuana can be, medicinally.' She is also a patient, herself. 'It's kind of silly to see it all come to an end because of a few people's uneducated bias.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    In Harmony Wellness, a patient-focused, community-centered, legal medical cannabis dispensary located in Windsor, Colorado, was forced to close its doors yesterday as a result of a town vote to ban their business. Sadly, this situation is not unique to In Harmony Wellness. Indeed many similar businesses have been forced to shut doors recently due to the fact that the state of Colorado, during their regulatory process of businesses in this industry, gave express permission for individual municipalities to 'opt out' or ban legal medical cannabis businesses in their town. This caused a backlash of towns who did just that, banning legitimate taxpaying businesses who are there to provide access to Colorado patients who have a constitutional right to the medicine. In Harmony's only error was in trusting that the town of Windsor, who initially gave permission for In Harmony to open their business within the town, would see fit to grandfather the business that worked so closely with the the town to do the right thing from the beginning. In Harmony was caregiver to more than 250 patients directly, and a regular provider of medicine to hundreds more; these patients are now forced to drive out of their area to seek similar medical services in one of the few remaining municipalities that so far have not banned, even though the threat still looms large in Northern Colorado to do so.  In the two short years that In Harmony was operating, they paid taxes on over $1.5 million dollars in sales to the town and state and provided jobs for fifteen employees in the Northern Colorado area.

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