From defense attorney to pot baron?
A retired lawyer in Colorado Springs has expanded a legal challenge to Pikes Peak region communities that have banned the sales of recreational marijuana, alleging they foiled his plans for a veritable pot empire.
Dennis James Sladek, who previously sued the city of Colorado Springs and its mayor, Steve Bach, filed an amended complaint Monday adding six new jurisdictions to the list of defendants. They are unincorporated El Paso County, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Woodland Park and Palmer Lake. Sladek says he would have opened businesses in each jurisdiction, had they not followed through with plans to ban the recreational pot trade.
The claim Sladek would sell pot over the counter in each community is a requirement of the suit, because, as a pro se litigant, he must establish that his rights have been abridged.
Sladek initially filed suit in late July. In a motion for recusal filed afterward, he asked District Judge G. David Miller to exclude himself from hearing the case because of an alleged bias against Sladek from previous encounters.
Miller denied the motion the same day it was received.
Read more about Sladek’s legal argument here: http://gazette.com/retired-lawyer-sues-city-over-its-vote-to-ban-recreational-pot-sales/article/1504046