One of Colorado’s most prominent cannabis businesses has been shut down. Sweet Leaf, which first opened up shop back in 2009, has closed multiple locations across the Denver metro area after the Denver Police Department (DPD) issued search and arrest warrants on Thursday, according to the Police Department.
Sweet Leaf Raided & Licenses Suspended
According to Excise and Licenses communications director Daniel Rowland, in conjecture with the DPD, the department suspended 26 of Sweet Leaf’s licenses for medical, retail, cultivation and extraction operations in Colorado. The department levied the suspensions after hearing the Denver Police Department’s plan to conduct search and arrest warrants across multiple Sweet Leaf operations.
The suspension mandate says: “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.”
As a result, 12 unnamed people were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal marijuana sales at the company. According to Denver Police officials, those arrested were in violation of the one-ounce-per-person, per-day limits established under Colorado’s incumbent cannabis laws.
As it stands, all 10 of Sweet Leaf’s locations in Denver are closed for business.
One location even has a typed letter on its door, explaining its current status to customers.
“Medical and/or retail licenses for these premises have been suspended by order of the Denver Department of Excises and Licenses for alleged violations of Colorado law,” reads the sign.
Their lone location in Aurora, Colorado was also raided, but their business license has yet to be suspended.
“We are waiting to receive more information from police investigators to determine whether we need to take any action,” said Aurora spokesperson Julie Patterson.
Final Hit: One Of Colorado’s Largest Pot Businesses Raided & Licenses Suspended
According to police, the endeavor was solely a Colorado-based effort, spearheaded by Denver police. The DPD also partnered with the Aurora Police Department, the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Denver City Attorney’s Office, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, as part of the year-long investigation.
Per a police department news release, eight of the Sweet Leaf dispensaries were in clear violation of Amendment 64, which regulates the amount of cannabis sold for recreational use.
A representative from the cannabis company sent an emailed statement to Westword on Thursday regarding their up-in-the-air status.
“This morning, Sweet Leaf was surprised to receive notification from the Department of Excise and License suspending all of our city licenses in the City and County of Denver. It is unclear at this point exactly what actions, if any, Sweet Leaf took to cause the city to issue this order. 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.”
Choosing The Best CBD Oil For Your Needs
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland
North Carolina Police Find Guns, 100 Pounds of Marijuana in Daycare Center
Tommy Chong to Jeff Sessions: Instead of Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass, Try Inhaling It
California Dispensaries Must Destroy $350 Million Worth of Weed
How to Feed Your Trichomes: 5 Lessons in Crop Nutrition
Renowned Medical Marijuana Doctor Says Concentrates Should be Banned
The Real Difference Between Low, Mid, and Top Shelf Weed
News7 days ago
Winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup
Strains6 days ago
12 Facts About Sour Diesel
News6 days ago
California College Paying People to Smoke Weed and Virtually Drive for Study
Products5 days ago
The 12 Best Flavors of THC Oil
Health4 days ago
Arizona Court Rules Cannabis Extracts Not Protected Under Medical Marijuana Act
News6 days ago
Oregon Plans New Cannabis Harvest Regulations to Combat Illicit Market
Music6 days ago
Best Music Styles To Listen To While Smoking Weed
News5 days ago
New York Health Department Announces Support of Cannabis Legalization