“this Is A Counting Nightmare On The Doorstep!” Complained A Frustrated Colorado Police Officer At The Dea Press Conference.

“This is a counting nightmare on the doorstep!” complained a frustrated Colorado police officer at the DEA press conference. Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson said “I hear all of the time ‘It’s not that bad.’ But more and more and more, I hear story after story.” Shayne Heap has been Sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado for 15 years, which is almost as long as long as pot has been legal in the state, starting with medical marijuana in 2000: “I have 45 deputies, but I could use 10-12 more just to work the marijuana cases.” He’s seen his calls go up 180 percent since legalization. “Pot has killed us from the very beginning.” Elbert County is a bedroom community of Denver where many people move to get away from it all. The median income is just over $82,000. “These criminals get to live in good neighborhoods where no one will suspect them…They’re hiding behind Colorado pot laws and getting away with it,” said Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, an arm of the Office of National Drug Control Policy which follows the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The HIDTA has found that since Coloradans were first allowed to legally grow pot at home in 2013, drug seizures of marijuana found in U.S. mail have increased by 427 percent. This doesn’t include private carriers like FedEX, nor does it take into account pot actually driven in cars across state lines. Gorman said that out-of-state sellers can’t wait to get their hands on the potent cannabis strains which are grown, packaged, and smuggled out of the Rocky Mountains, and Colorado growers are getting double the price. Said Gorman: “Instead of eliminating the black market, Colorado has become the black market.” A story told by prosecutors at Stonehouse’s hearing appears to illustrate that colorado marijuana point. During the investigation, Stonehouse allegedly confided to an undercover agent at a breakfast meeting that he’d considered starting up a legal marijuana business, but decided not to because his own business “was just too easy.” By clicking “Subscribe,” you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet.

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