Friday 24th May 2019, Colorado law enforcement and federal authorities announced they have successfully completed the largest marijuana bust in state history. The bust resulted in the seizure of over 80,000 marijuana plants, 4,500 pounds of “finished marijuana products,” and over $2.1 million in cash.
“Colorado has become the epicenter of black-market marijuana in the United States,” said Jason Dunn, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado in a press conference Friday. “We want people to know these grow operations are not occurring in abandoned houses or poorer parts of the metro area. These are happening in middle- and upper-class neighborhoods, [where] many of us live and raise families.”
When Amendment 64 was voted on, we were sold the line that the black-market trade of pot would disappear. The reality is, Colorado has become a major hub of the nationwide black-market trade of marijuana. This drug is now one of our state’s main exports.
And while all this is going on, our lawmakers and our governor are bending knee to the marijuana industry by repealing regulations and exempting marijuana from the Clean Air Indoor Act to allow its use in bars, restaurants, and other public places.
Our state is being held hostage by the industry. We are no longer known around the world for our beautiful natural resources and attractions. We are known now to the world simply as the pot state.
But we can take our state back. It’s time we pushed Governor Polis and our legislature to tightly restrict this industry, much like we do with tobacco.