Today in Denver Colorado the Attorney General Cynthea Coffman did exactly what Colorado marijuana business owners don’t want to see. She and several law enforcement divisions throughout Colorado colluded with the DEA. They worked together  to serve up the so called “Toker Poker” bust. This bust wasn’t just in Colorado. The accused are from several states but the ring seems to have formed in Texas originally. The accused allegedly moved hundreds of pounds of Colorado grown weed across the country weekly. They allegedly did so using Colorado medical marijuana high plant count cards to grow the weed. Business owners here don’t want to see people using the laws we have put in place for illegal activities. It seems to me that they also don’t want to see the state working with the DEA on anything.

Marijuana is still federally illegal. The DEA special agent David Schiller that spoke in the CBS 4 Denver news conference took an extremely hard stance against medical marijuana saying “It is not medicine”. To see our Attorney General standing behind the DEA while they blatantly disrespect our state constitution was unsettling to say the least. David Shiller also used the term “sick house syndrome” to describe a house after a grow. While some houses are damaged by grows, responsible growers don’t damage their homes. He all but blamed Colorado voters and their “liberal marijuana laws” for this drug ring.

Implications of DEA Cooperation in CO

In the past the Colorado state government has said they will uphold our state constitution. They said they would not work with federal agents to come after Colorado patients.  This ring of alleged criminals were not following Colorado law. However many patients in this state with high plant counts do abide by state law. These patients use the medicine they grow for personal use. The DEA seems to believe that medical use is not valid. Where does the line get drawn when it comes to DEA cooperation from our state government? It seems to me that the line has a direct correlation to paying state and federal taxes.

Will the DEA claim that legal dispensary owners are contributing to the national black market problem and begin taking them down as illegal drug rings? Will John Doe in Denver County have his door kicked in by federal agents when he is legally growing his 6 plants? As a voting constituent in Colorado I certainly don’t want to back any politicians that don’t back amendment 64 as it is written. I also don’t want to see my tax dollars fund busts on legal Colorado growers. Colorado officials should be checking plant counts not DEA agents.

Don’t end up like the “Toker Poker” growers. Know what is legal in your state and follow those guidelines to avoid the DEA poking around your grow.