Pot dispensaries across the city are preparing for Tuesday’s shutdown after a failed attempt to get a temporary restraining order during a court proceeding Thursday.
Owners of six shops filed for the restraining order, hoping it would keep them open until a formal injunction could be granted. They said their constitutional rights as business owners had been violated as a result of the voter-backed ban.
They now must close their doors for good by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Several calls from the Collegian were not returned at the time of publication, but in previous interviews, owners have repeatedly said their very livelihood was being taken away.
Advocates argued they have been stripped of their rights, including their right to own property and their freedom of speech. They have said that, after filing for licenses and being allowed within city limits, they were being treated like a business.
As a result, they say they have invested thousands of dollars back into their shops â€“â€“ money they won’t get back.
In the judge’s decision on Feb. 9, he said the voters made their decision and the shutdown is ultimately in compliance with all ordinances, giving them until Tuesday to sell off their products and close their doors for good.
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