Despite a last-minute plea for an injunction filed by Dacono’s three medical marijuana dispensaries with Weld County courts, a judge declined to grant the request and the shops were all forced to close their doors on Monday, December 31 — six months after the tiny town’s city council enacted a ban on medical marijuana centers.
The injunction request argued that state statute only allowed for medical marijuana bans up until July 1, 2011 — and Dacono’s ban was approved last June. The request also pointed out that a petition to overturn the ban has been approved as a ballot consideration for Dacono voters, and a special election could be held as early as February.
But last Thursday, District Judge Dinsmore Tuttle said she didn’t want to step on the toes of Dacono councilmembers, and ruled that they were within their rights to enact the ban.
“The way she reads it, they say you can do this at any time, essentially,” says attorney Judd Golden, who is representing the shops. Because of that interpretation, Tuttle said she saw no evidence that the ban would be overturned in court, according to Golden.
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