Supports of an initiative for the retail sale of marijuana in Loveland are suing the City after officials denied a petition to put the measure on the November ballot.

According to a press release from the City, the petition did not have enough signatures to get the initiative placed on the ballot.

However, the lawsuit claims that the City Clerk intentionally denied signatures for the petition before its 90-day deadline had passed. The suit also argues that the clerk purposely misinformed the supporters about the deadline.

A hearing for the case will take place on Monday, August 24 in the Larimer County District Court, where the complainants will likely request the court to approve the allegedly denied signatures.

If the complainants are successful in the hearing, the Loveland City Council will hold two more meetings to set the ballot title by ordinance, before certifying it to the Larimer County Clerk.

In order for the measure to get on the November ballot, the release reports that council must set the ballot title and certify it to the clerk by September 4.

Due to the ongoing litigation, no other information is available at this time.

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