Colorado marijuana entrepreneur Kayvan Khalatbari sits on the couch in the lobby of his medical and recreational marijuana store Denver Relief in August 2014. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)

Illinois lawsuit against Colorado marijuana consultant dismissed

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A judge in Lake County has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed a Denver consultant was highly involved in too many Illinois medical marijuana growing facilities.

Judge Mitchell L. Hoffman last week ordered the complaint against Kayvan Khalatbari (KAY’-vohn Kahl-aht-BAR’-ee) dismissed “with prejudice,” a legal term that generally means the plaintiff can’t file the same complaint again.

Khalatbari is a co-founder of Denver Relief, which has retail and cultivation operations in Colorado and offers consulting services in other states.

Medponics Illinois filed the lawsuit in May. Illinois officials are still reviewing applications in the Lake County region where Medponics has applied for a permit.

James Merlo of Medponics says further litigation is possible after the state issues a permit in the region.

Out-of-state consultants like Khalatbari helped with many of the Illinois companies’ applications. State regulations bar individuals from being owners, officers, shareholders or members of more than three permitted cultivation centers.