12:44pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Health

Fort Collins Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Challenge Ban in Court

Six medical marijuana dispensary owners in Fort Collins are suing for the right to stay open.

The businesses are seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the Feb. 14 ban, which was approved by voters last November.

The lawsuit claims that the new ordinance violates the Constitution, and that there is public interest in supplying regulated medical marijuana in the city of Fort Collins.

The argument is similar to another lawsuit brought up by dispensary owners in neighboring Loveland last March after the town banned the businesses. A judge in Colorado’s 8th Judicial District decided not to allow three Loveland medical marijuana dispensaries to remain open. They were also seeking a temporary restraining order.

Meantime, the city of Fort Collins is moving forward with implementing the ban, which goes into effect at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14. City of Fort Collins police are in the process of completing inspections of all medical marijuana dispensaries.