Colorado's medical pot industry fuels illegal trade, review shows

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Colorado’s medical marijuana industry has spawned illegal drug networks that are marketing pot across the U.S., illustrating that state laws aren’t keeping the drug in the hands of people entitled to use it, regional drug officials say.

A Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team spent three weeks examining data gathered in the two years following the enactment on Jan. 1, 2010, of state laws governing the cultivation, manufacture and retail sale of medical marijuana and related products.

The review found more than 70 instances of the diversion of medical marijuana to criminal drug operations. In the report, the Drug Enforcement Administration suggested Colorado is on track to become a primary source of supply for high-grade marijuana throughout the country.

Colorado patients, caregivers and dispensaries all have diverted medical marijuana to illegal use in 23 states, according to the review.

Read more at DenverPost.com.

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rhys jones 1 year, 8 months ago

It's a damn good thing this town is smarter than to take their cues from this redneck rag.

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Glenn Little II 1 year, 8 months ago

We will see if it becomes legal here in couple months for the whole state of Colorado and then who knows what will follow. If it does become legal and decriminalized thus further we could see a precedent set throughout the entire world. Now if we can just make it to 2013 without an armageddon.

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jerry carlton 1 year, 8 months ago

Diverted to illegal use? What a shock!

Glen It will pass in November. Plenty of old stoners and new patients in Colorado to make it happen. In fifteen years I will probably be dead of old age {liver cancer from too much ibupropen according to Rhys} and you will know if the world has become heaven on earth and there are no wars, no starvation, no poverty, all because people can now stay stoned with no fear of the gestapo kicking down their doors. Of course you will still have to worry about burglars who are too lazy to grow their own, if you are growing your own.

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 8 months ago

Article mentioned that someone had bought 10 pounds from dispensaries and was then smuggling to another state. But here's the thing - sales at the dispensary is tracked and submitted to the state so if state uses the data that they require then state knew this guy had bought 10 pounds. And if police are minimally effective to then get a search warrant to put a GPS on his vehicle and bust him when he leaves the state.

Meanwhile, how many hundreds died in Colorado from illegal use of prescription narcotic drugs which have far weaker tracking than nonlethal marijuana?

I do not believe that legalizing marijuana will bring heaven on earth. I do believe that it makes sense to stop the expensive war on a not very dangerous drug that is commonly used.

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