The state’s dispensary law was intended to move dispensaries onto firmer legal footing, but the Legislature in early March passed a bill allowing communities to bar them locally.
By May, more than 140 cities and 26 counties had adopted moratoriums set for anywhere from a few months to a full year.
The law allows dispensary owners in those areas who are already registered with the state to surrender their licenses for a refund of the $4,000 fees, but few have.
Several owners say they’re hanging on, hoping to ride out the moratoriums or work with local governments to get them lifted early.
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