Oct 5, 2010 7:40 PM by Zach Thaton

Medical marijuana backers sue to block Issue 1A

A group of more than a dozen medical marijuana dispensary owners, growers, and businesses and services affected by the medical marijuana industry have filed a lawsuit against the El Paso County Board of Commissioners over ballot question 1A which, if passed, would ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

The 31-page complaint, filed Monday in El Paso County District Court seeks to remove Issue 1A from the November ballot.  "The ballots have been printed.  It will be on the ballot," said Board of County Commissioners chairman Dennis Hisey.  "The commissioners are convinced that this is lawfully placed on the ballot by the right body with the right authority," he continued.  "When this goes to the courthouse, we will prevail.  The judge will agree with us."

Colorado Springs City Council member Sean Paige says the suit was inevitable.  "I wouldn't be quick to blame the plaintiffs in this case because they're either defending their rights that are in the Constitution or they're defending the businesses that they started in El Paso County and could be closed," Paige told News First 5.


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