The site where Alternative Holistic Healing purchased and later built its recreational cultivation warehouse last year; view is facing the Reillys’ property.
On a street with few residents in rural southern Colorado, about 1,800 marijuana plants are growing in a warehouse that Alternative Holistic Healing opened last year.
Horses live next door, on a property owned by Michael and Phillis Reilly. The Reillys don’t live there, but they visit to ride the animals on the plots of land they bought in 2011.
The Reillys disapproved of their horses’ new neighbors before they even arrived, and the couple turned to federal court in 2015 after failing to convince the Pueblo County Commission to deny the cannabis business a license.
In a surprise to both cannabis companies and legal scholars, an appeals court panel sided with the Reillys on a key standing dispute on June 7, and allowed them to sue under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The 1970 law, commonly called RICO, is known for mob prosecutions, but it also allows ordinary citizens to sue criminals who cause them