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.