Thursday, October 28, 2010

MMJ ban question to be allowed on ballot

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

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Yesterday, Judge Timothy Simmons ruled that votes cast regarding a potential ban of medical marijuana would be counted, signifying the end of legal resistance from proponents of medical marijuana on the county question.

The attorneys originally sought to have the question removed from the ballot, but that initiative also failed.

In a news release, County Attorney Bill Louis says, "Our concern first and foremost was to make sure that the voters received a chance to speak on this important issue of public policy, be it for or against the ban. The court’s ruling today preserves that fundamental right.

"We have not begun to litigate on the merits of the many complex issues involving medical marijuana. If the ban passes we may have a lot of litigation ahead of us," Louis says, "and I predict that ultimately the Colorado Supreme Court will have to decide on a matter of such statewide importance.”

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