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Executive Summary


Drug
traffickers and out-of-state opportunists are exploiting
Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Recent revisions to state law have
done little to prevent the

involvement of criminals and individuals who use the law for financial
gain.


Currently,
convicted criminals and known drug traffickers participate in Colorado’s
medical marijuana industry. Moreover, an influx of traffickers and
entrepreneurs from other states is seeking to cash in on Colorado’s
medical marijuana industry. Investigative and intelligence information reveal
a significant volume of Colorado-produced marijuana being diverted to
out-of-state marijuana markets where it commands a higher price. This
activity is facilitated both by  those directly involved in medical
marijuana businesses, as well as illicit brokers who seek “excess” or
diverted marijuana to sell to marijuana traffickers.


Background


When
Amendment 20, which established the state constitutional right for
medicinal marijuana in Colorado, was passed by citizen petition in
November 2000, the law dealt with the use and distribution of medical
marijuana in a very general fashion. By 2010, Coloradans had witnessed a
proliferation in the number of medical marijuana patients, caregivers,
commercial dispensaries, sophisticated grow operations, and various
associated business ventures such as marijuana brokers and consultants. Vague
legislation and loose enforcement combined with an aggressive, profitable
industry presents ample opportunity for diversion and
exploitation. Colorado’s legislative attempts to address the evolving
industry are described in DEA-DEN-DIB-012-12. This document identifies avenues
being used by drug traffickers and “ganjapreneurs” exploiting the
permissive medical marijuana industry for profit.


Download the Document



 DEA
Intelligence Brief: Green Acres is the Place to Be – Drug Traffickers and
“Ganjapreneurs” Are Exploiting Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry, April 24,
2012
[11 Pages, 2.5MB]

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