DENVER — Following a year-long investigation, last month on Dec. 14 authorities closed down over 20 legal marijuana businesses and arrested a dozen employees for allegedly distributing cannabis illegally.
In total, 8 Sweet Leaf dispensaries were raided by Denver police before their licenses were suspended for selling more marijuana than the legal amount allowed. The twelve people arrested were not immediately identified.
According to Amendment 64, pot shops can only sell an ounce of marijuana per customer per day, which must be 21 and older.
The raids marked the first time the city issued an open-ended suspension to a legal marijuana business since 2014 when cannabis sales started. The operation was conducted after a criminal investigation into the illegal distribution at eight marijuana locations.
The official Facebook page of Sweet Leaf Colorado is no longer available as of Saturday (Dec. 16) while its Twitter has not been active since Dec. 12.
The suspension of 26 licenses are stated by the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses as “reasonable grounds and probable cause exists to believe that respondents have engaged in deliberate and willful violations of state and local laws or regulations, and/or that the public health, safety and welfare requires emergency action.”
Representatives of Sweet Leaf said they were surprised by the raids.
“It is unclear at this point exactly what actions, if any, Sweet Leaf took to cause the city to issue this order,” the statement replies to Cannabist via an email. “Sweet Leaf is cooperating with the authorities to resolve this issue and hopes to have all of their stores back in operation as soon as possible.”
Here below is a list of the Sweet Leaf locations that were raided:
- 1475 S. Acoma St.
- 2647 W. 38th Ave.
- 5100 W. 38th Ave.
- 4400 E. Evans Ave.
- 2609 Walnut St.
- 4125 N. Elati St.
- 7200 E. Smith Road