Dacono MMJ shops ask courts for injunction on citywide ban

Up in Weld County, owners of the three dispensaries in Dacono have filed a complaint to stop a citywide ban on medical marijuana businesses that's scheduled to take effect January 1. Dacono Meds, Maryjane's Medicinal and Green Medicals filed their request for an injunction last Friday, hoping to stay in business at least until voters have a chance to vote on repealing the ban.

The main argument of the pot shops is that the Dacono City Council violated state law when it voted 4 to 2 to ban dispensaries this past June, with proponents arguing that Dacono's reputation was being marred as the small, eight-square-mile town became known as a pot destination for nearby communities. But according to the state medical marijuana code passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2010, municipalities only had until July 1, 2011, to ban marijuana businesses.

The complaint says that if the ban is enforced, it will put the shops out of business entirely and cause them "irreparable harm" -- including forcing the dispensaries to destroy all of their plants and seeds.

Attorney Judd Golden, who filed the suit, points out that a petition calling for a repeal of Dacono's dispensary ban has already been approved for a special ballot in 2013 -- possibly as early as February. And dispensary owners are hopeful that momentum from Amendment 64, which Dacono voters approved, will carry over to that special election. Their filing includes that assumption, noting that "the repeal initiative is likely to succeed, given that a majority of Dacono voters voted in favor" of Amendment 64.

"Plaintiffs cannot reasonably or practically suspend their business operations for five months or more pending the likely favorable outcome of the special election to repeal Ordinance 765," Golden argues. No hearing date has been set on the filing, though Golden says the matter will have to go to court this week in order to get a ruling before the ban takes place in twelve days.

Dacono mayor Charles Sigman did not return our calls for comment.

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