Sweet Leaf under fire from local property owners – BusinessDen
Add landlords to the growing list of foes feuding with one of Denver’s largest marijuana dispensaries.
Entities associated with Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers have been sued at least twice since April by landlords seeking to get paid back rent or to evict the chain.
Last week, real estate firm Edens, which became Sweet Leaf’s landlord when it purchased properties in RiNo in late April for $50 million, filed a lawsuit in an effort to kick the company from 2609 Walnut St.
Like all of Sweet Leaf’s stores in the city of Denver, the RiNo location has been closed since December, when police raided the business as part of an investigation into alleged “looping,” the practice of making multiple sales of up to an ounce of recreational marijuana (the maximum an individual is allowed to possess under Colorado law) to the same customer on the same day.
Sweet Leaf has argued that the practice was not explicitly outlawed at the time.
Edens claims in the lawsuit that a tenant is in default if “tenant is notified that it is in violation of any federal, state or municipal laws related to the growing or dispensing of marijuana.”
Edens also says in the lawsuit that Sweet Leaf violated its lease by failing to operate in the building for 30 consecutive days. Edens asked the court to grant it possession of the property.
The lawsuit also names as defendants Sweet Leaf owners Christian Johnson, Matt Aiken and Anthony Sauro.
Edens is represented in the lawsuit by Bill E. Kyriagis of Denver’s Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti. Kyriagis did not respond to a request for comment.
Sweet Leaf also did not respond to a request for