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Dispensary seeks special election

Derek Franz
Eagle Valley Enterprise

EAGLE, Colorado – The Sweet Leaf Pioneer has turned in a petition to the town of Eagle requesting a special election that would ask voters if the medical marijuana dispensary should be allowed to stay in operation.

Sweet Leaf owner Dave Manzanares said that 190 signatures are needed for the petition and he turned in 270. The town is now in the process of validating the signatures

“Now it’s wait and see,” Manzanares said.

Even if a special election is granted – which would be in late December or early January – The Sweet Leaf must shut down by Oct. 31. Manzanares isn’t sure what his next step will be when that date comes.

“The town has bankrupted us,” he said. “I don’t know what we are going to do.”

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Eagle Town Board members approved an ordinance last February that enacts a ban on marijuana-related businesses. Sweet Leaf Pioneer is the only operation affected by the town’s deadline of Oct. 31.

In August, Manzanares said he initially pursued a lawsuit against the town after the Feb. 22 vote. However, deadlines for filing the suit were missed. Manzanares said that was due to miscommunication.

At the Aug. 23 town board meeting, Eagle Town Attorney Ed Sands said if the special election is held, the town could place a second question on the ballot with different rules proposed for medical marijuana operations.

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