BROOMFIELD — In October, Broomfield officials opted to pause the process of licensing the city’s first cannabis businesses for 60 days after a suit was filed that challenges the legality of that process. The pause has been extended through Jan. 24, 2022, according to the Broomfield Marijuana Licensing Authority.
Terrapin, through holding company Centroid Holdings Inc., claims in its lawsuit that Broomfield city and county clerk Erika Lew has undermined the “fairness of proceedings” in the city’s application and lottery system used to select the three dispensaries that will be permitted to open up shop in Broomfield by allowing multiple applications to be submitted by the same applicants.
Broomfield “has received considerable feedback regarding its marijuana licensing process, particularly concerns regarding the attempt by certain affiliated groups to submit multiple applications using different corporate entities,” according to a notice from the BMLA. “This issue is currently the subject of pending litigation involving the city and numerous applicants.”
The city has been slow to allow for the operations of dispensaries in the years since recreational cannabis shops were legalized in Colorado in 2014. But in March, the Broomfield City Council passed an ordinance that opened the city up to pot