LEGAL SETBACK FOR COLORADO POT INDUSTRY
DENVER (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought federal approval for a credit union aimed at serving marijuana businesses in Colorado, saying allowing it “would facilitate criminal activity.” U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson dismissed the lawsuit because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Jackson says the situation is untenable, and he hopes it will soon be resolved by Congress.
STATE LAWMAKER ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE GUN BILL ANNOUNCEMENT
DENVER (AP) – Colorado state Rep. Rhonda Fields said the White House East Room was “heavy with grief” from families who have lost children to gun violence as President Barack Obama announced new gun control measures. Fields was invited to the ceremony yesterday because of her work on gun control in Colorado.
MORE TROUBLE FOR CHIPOTLE
NEW YORK (AP) – Chipotle says it has been served with a federal grand jury subpoena as part of a criminal investigation tied to a norovirus outbreak this summer at one of its restaurants in California. The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday. Chipotle Mexican Grill says the subpoena requires it to produce a “broad range” of documents. The Denver company has been reeling since an E. coli outbreak linked to its restaurants, which was followed up by a separate norovirus outbreak in Boston. Chipotle says it expects sales for the fourth quarter to be down 14.6 percent.