DEA, IRS, Local PD Currently Raiding Colorado Marijuana BusinessesBy Scott Gacek | The Daily Chronic November 21, 2013
DENVER, CO — As many as 30 medical marijuana dispensaries and other businesses in Colorado area are currently being raided by the DEA, IRS and local police according to sources in the area.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver has issued a statement confirming the ongoing operation, which is being conducted by the DEA in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service and the Denver Police Department, but declined to comment further citing an ongoing investigation.
“Although we cannot at this time discuss the substance of this pending investigation, the operation under way today comports with the Department’s recent guidance regarding marijuana enforcement matters,” the statement read, referencing recent guidelines issued by the Department of Justice. ”While the investigation is ongoing, there are strong indications that more than one of the eight federal prosecution priorities identified in the Department of Justice’s August guidance memo are potentially implicated.”
It is believed that the Internal Revenue Service is the lead agency in the operation.
Michael Roberts from Denver’s Westwood.com reports that Swiss Medical in Boulder was raided, but according to the owner, the raid was prompted by one person among multiple tenants using its space being investigated, but the plants belong to everyone were seized by federal agents. Because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, federal law enforcers are required to seize weed whenever and wherever they encounter it. All the Swiss Medical tenants lost their plants, even though only one of them was on the feds’ radar.
The raids began sometime after 11 am local time Thursday.
It has also been reported that medical marijuana businesses in Boulder are being raided as well.
So far, we have confirmed reports of three dispensaries that have been raided:
*VIP Wellness in Denver
*Swiss Medical in Boulder
* MarQaha in Denver
It is also believed that Cherrytop Farms in Denver has been raided, but we are awaiting confirmation from sources in the area.
A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was unable to provide a comment on the raids, saying they were unaware that there were any active marijuana enforcement operations underway in Colorado.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.Colorado marijuana legalization , Colorado medical marijuana , Department of Justice , Drug Enforcement Administration , Internal Revenue Service , James Cole , medical marijuana dispensary raids , raid , raided , raids , The War on Marijuana , War on Marijuana
by Scott Gacek
A long time marijuana reform activist from Boston, Scott Gacek served on the Board of Directors of MassCann, the Massachusetts state NORML chapter, from 2009-2011. In July 2013, Scott assumed the role of Editor in Chief of The Daily Chronic.