Colorado Jury Rejects Civil RICO Complaint in Marijuana Smell Case

DENVER, CO — A Denver jury has rejected a civil complaint that sought to use federal anti-racketeering (RICO) laws as a mechanism to shut down licensed marijuana operators.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was initially backed by the anti-drug organization Safe Streets Alliance, argued that the presence of a nearby licensed marijuana retailer was detrimental to their property values and sought millions of dollars in damages.

The jury rejected their claims and found that the business was not responsible for any alleged monetary losses.

It is not yet known whether plaintiffs plan to appeal the verdict.

Similar RICO suits have been filed against marijuana facilities in other states, but have yet to be successful.

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