Federal authorities combined their manpower with the Denver Police Department in Colorado in order to conduct several high profile raids of marijuana grow operations. It was unclear to the media and spectators about why the raids were taking place, as marijuana became legalized in the state in 2012 and federal law enforcement has thus far been minimal in the state due to Colorado enacting a multitude of laws and regulations to keep a tight leash on the newly legalized industry. According to expert Igor Cornelsen, this may be another opportunity for the federal government to make a statement about state’s rights in regard to legalized marijuana.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the sweeping investigation into the seven marijuana commercial operations that were the targets of the police raid. It is speculated that the businesses were growing more cannabis plants than they had the rights to, that they were funneling money into violent drug cartels or terrorist organizations, that they were selling to minors, or that they were allowing purchases beyond the legal limits imposed by Colorado’s marijuana laws, as those were all reasons that drew police involvement previously in the city’s booming commercial cannabis zones. Police went on record several hours after the incidents took place and confirmed that the businesses targeted fell under suspicion of violating the mandates put in place to protect citizens who would be harmed by violating the regulations for marijuana.
There has yet to be an official announcement of what businesses were affected by this morning’s raid from either the Denver Police Department or the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.