COLORADO: Gerardo Uribe, one of the targets in a federal raid last week on Denver-area marijuana businesses, spoke to the Denver City Council during a public hearing in September about marijuana regulations.
Uribe told the council he owns seven dispensaries in Denver, eight grows and a manufacturing business with 160 employees and wanted help in getting licensed. He told the council he had applied for a license a year ago and hadn’t seen any resolution.
Uribe is connected to VIP Cannabis, which was raided Thursday by agents with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Sources told The Denver Post that the raids are focused on possible connections the business has with a Colombian drug cartel.
Also speaking before the City Council that day was John Frank Esmeral, who also was targeted in the raids.
State officials says VIP Cannabis has had license pending for three years and did not give a reason why.