MMJ Growers Following The Law Aren't Worth Raiding
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MMJ Growers Following The Law Aren't Worth Raiding
Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2010 at 10:22:31 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver, CO  -- Jeffrey Sweetin, the Drug Enforcement Administration's top agent in Colorado, said Monday there must be "aggravating factors" before he would raid businesses involved in the state's medical-marijuana industry.Sweetin said medical-marijuana growers and dispensaries operating within the limits of state law are not ordinarily worth his agents' time. Because of that, there have been instances when DEA agents have taken no action against marijuana-growing operations after an initial investigation, Sweetin said.
"There's no question that these guys who are growing weed are violating federal law," Sweetin said during a meeting with The Denver Post's editorial board. "The real question is what are we going to do about it?"Sweetin said agents would only pursue cases against medical-marijuana distributors if those businesses had links to criminal organizations, were run by people with lengthy criminal backgrounds, were feeding the marijuana black market, were operating "far over the line" of state law or had some other combination of shady dealings.Sweetin's comments come a little over a week before a hearing in which Chris Bartkowicz, a Highlands Ranch man charged in federal court with marijuana cultivation, is expected to plead guilty. DEA agents seized plants and growing equipment from Bartkowicz's home earlier this year. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 6, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 06, 2010 at 11:57:47 PT
DEA Agents are liars.
They are loyal only to themselves and would love ot jail or shoot anyone with so much as a joint in their pocket!Sweetin is a self serving liar. How many young and otherwise humans are in cages because this man is a willing human hunter for hire?
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