Judge allows Fort Collins pot shop ban to proceed

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A judge says medical marijuana businesses in Fort Collins will have to shut down by a city-imposed deadline Tuesday.

The owners of six marijuana businesses had asked a judge to block the voter-approved ban from taking effect. The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/wwdcQR ) a judge on Thursday denied their request for a temporary restraining order, saying the businesses had failed to demonstrate that their constitutional rights were violated by the ban.

Colorado residents voted in 2000 to allow small uses of marijuana for medical purposes. But in 2010, lawmakers decided to allow cities and counties to decide whether to allow medical marijuana businesses within their boundaries.

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