Marijuana dispensaries battle in court over Mile High real estate – The Denver Post

A marijuana turf battle near Mile High is back in court.

Mile High Medical Cannabis recently filed a lawsuit defending its Federal Boulevard lease against a competitor, on top of a pending contract complaint with its sublandlord.

According to the lawsuit filed on May 11 in Denver District Court, PG Retail and parent company Pure Greens filed a permit application to change ownership of the dispensary at 1630 Federal Blvd., where Mile High Medical Cannabis currently operates Lit Cannabis.

Cannabis cultivation company Pure Greens owns retail stores Mile High Green Cross on South Broadway and Nature’s Medicine in Salida.

The Federal Boulevard property owned by Gibraltar Realty Co. has been leased to JDL Federal and subleased to Mile High Medical Cannabis since 2015.

The change of use permit, according to the lawsuit, is the latest act of “tortious interference” committed against Mile High Medical Cannabis in an attempted backdoor eviction.

Per the complaint, Pure Greens allegedly conspired with Mile High Medical Cannabis’ sublandlords, Lisa Vedovelli and David Benlolo, who own JDL Federal and the Fieldhouse venue next door.

“Defendants (Pure Greens) have or are attempting to conspire with the sub-landlord and/or the owner in an attempt to force plaintiff (Mile High Medical Cannabis) out of its sublease in order to extract higher rents from defendants as a new tenant in the cannabis industry,” the May lawsuit contends.

Mile High Medical Cannabis sued JDL Federal in January 2020 over a rent hike. The original 2015 lease set the rent at $5,000 a month with five parking spots for an additional $375. After 18 months, the rent increased to $6,500 in accordance with a 1.5 percent escalation built into the master lease. Per an appraisal, Mile High Medical Cannabis expected the rent to rise into the ballpark of $7,029 come January 2020.


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