Petition to close down last marijuana dispensary in Mesa County

By: Matt Vanderveer Email
By: Matt Vanderveer Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) - A local group says they want to shut down the last medical marijuana dispensary in Mesa County. In fact, they’re starting a petition to make it happen.

Jesse Sicconi has a debilitating condition that he says gives him excruciating pain.

“Sometimes its fire and sometimes its knives; every time I walk its like if someone stuck a steak knife in me and then pulled it out and stuck it back in”, explains Sicconi.

Sicconi, who walks with a cain, says he’s tried other medication before he turned to medicinal marijuana. He says it’s the only thing that’s worked for him.

“I’ve had every medication my doctor could think to give me”, he says.

Sicconi gets his medication from the last remaining dispensary in Mesa County. For him, it’s a matter of living life and not living at all.

Co-owner of Colorado Alternative Health Care Desa Loughman says shutting down stores only makes it easier to get pot at cheaper prices and tainted marijuana.

“Shutting down the stores makes the black market stronger furthering the money to drug cartels”, says Loughman.

However safe and healthy mesa county spokeswoman Diane Cox says people who need the drug can get it.

“It’s their constitutional right to grow a few plants or have a caregiver if they have a seriously debilitating illness.”

Loughman says it’s more about accessibility when it comes to medical marijuana. A long drive is hard for some patients who are economically struggling.

“Patients that truly need this medication are coming to us and explaining their difficulties financially and with driving here”, says Loughman.

Loughman says safe and healthy mesa county should focus its resources on educating students on the differences between recreational use and medicinal use.

lockman says Palisade High School has started the campaign to teach kids the dangers of drugs.

“What saves the kids is programs like ‘Raise above the influence’.”

But Cox isn't budging. She says even one medicinal shop is a liability.

“We’ve has a huge influx of retail marijuana shops and this is not what people anticipated.”

Regardless of your personal views on dispensaries, Sicconi says he can play with his kids and wake up in the morning and help get them ready for school.


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  • by julie Location: palisade on Apr 30, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    hi my name is julie a resident of palisade for more than half my life of 48 years i buy gas in palisade food and i have been known to eat at are local resturants. my comments are this why have the residents of palsade allowed a out side group, not from palisade to file a petition that effects all the residents. are new logo pin in town is buy palisade, and the local buisnesses are distrubiting pins free of charge. my comment is doest this include colorado alternitive health care. be cause it offers other services other then medical manjuana products. i use this facility to purchase the nonsmoking (ediables) salves. and tincures i apply to may skin only. diane cox has stated that mmj paients are allowed only aliitle bit of med. to me this is someone who needs education on C.C.R.of the state of colorado. as a pt im allowed no more than 2 oz. a day yes diane cox a day. jesse and deza have enan take it a step farther and the pts of co.alternitive can purchse i oz a week. CAHC of palisade doesnt have pts under the age of 18 in order for the pts who need this kind of lic. these peaple have to have to drs agree that its whats best for the pt. year to date ststs from the colorado dept of public health and enviroment said we only have 3520 mmj pts in mesy county.and the average age of a mmj pt is 40.69% are male,56% of pts live in the denver meto area. 33 pts under the age of 18 and no pts under the age at cahc in fact in the whole closeing in grand junction cahc hasent acceppt and new pts. please palisade red all the facts about this and maybe we should start asking safe healthy mesa county to get educated on mmj. rules and regulation and stop with the 1960's proparganda on medical marijuana..
  • by Mark Location: Rangey on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM
    You want to take something away that helps cancer patients eat and people with chronic pain feel better? Yet alcohol that claims many lives every year is leagal? How many marijuana deaths do you hear about in the news compared to alcohol? Answer none! Wake up and do the statisics! If they close all the despenseries then they should close all the liquer stores too.
  • by me Location: here on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    have you ever seen anyone ever over dose from marijauna? no so why fight it, go after meth if you want to SAVE all of us just legalize it, tax it and leave us alone already!
  • by H Location: Palisade on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    @Nurse jackie, What kind of nursing degree do you have?
  • by thaistik on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Re-legalize in 2012 for all who choose to use a safer substance than alcohol or tobacco. http://legalize2012.com/
  • by any on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    For all you people trying to take this away from the children. Why not start putting all that money and effort into educating children on the correct information. I know that alot of people do not want to but this like sex, alcohol and stealing is another important part of parenting. I want my children to be very educated people and by hiding things from them as any parent knows does not help. I do agree in the limiting of signs and advertising. I also want to put this out there that Colorado Alternative Health Care does offer other services in aiding as in Massages by certifed therapists, they are very active and always have been in the community.
  • by MMJ Patient Location: CO on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    1,000 ways to die and marijuana isn't one of them!
  • by Damien Woodi Location: Virginia on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Take these prescription drugs have caused a huge problem to the current population. And this is due to many factors including unemployment and the poor communication and information on these drugs. It mentions Findrxonline which just caution with abuse of medicines such as vicodin and hydrocodone, because their side effects cause liver damage and if not used properly can complicate the nervous system and cause death. You should look for information online about these prescription drugs.
  • by Will Location: gj on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    The big winner in all this is the back yard drug dealer who is getting his job back. No over head.... No regulations.... No taxs... No problems... WAY TO GO
  • by TLC on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Thank you Diane for all your work. I will be sending a check to help cover the cost of defeating this drug that has destroyed the lives of our youth and destroyed marriages. I will also be contacting you to offer my services however they may be needed.
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