A Colorado man is asking the state’s attorney general to investigate officials in the town of Palisade, who he accuses in a lawsuit of creating an illegal monopoly by limiting the number of medical marijuana businesses to one.
If the lawsuit succeeds, it could become harder for Colorado municipalities to limit the number of dispensaries they allow. But an official with the Colorado Municipal League told the Grand Junction Sentinel that Colorado law allows municipalities to prohibit or limit marijuana and dispensaries.
“The Defendant gave privileged status to only one business,” the suit says, “with the most troubling and compelling violations found in emails, board meetings, planning sessions, meetings with the owners of Colorado Alternative Healthcare and the town manager Rich Sales, prior to conditional permits being awarded.”
In addition to requesting that the attorney general conduct a criminal investigation, the suit asks the judge to nullify the one dispensary limit, and suspend Colorado Alternative’s license.