Executive Summary

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

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.


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

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