Denver Pot Shops Won't Have Cops Working Security

COLORADO:  When recreational-marijuana shops open in Colorado in January, Denver police officers will stand outside for crowd control but won’t be allowed to step inside to provide off-duty security from within.

A departmental order issued this month bars Denver officers from moonlighting as security guards at marijuana shops while police officials observe how the burgeoning industry develops.

The legalization of recreational marijuana is posing many challenges for the police department as it drafts internal policy to deal with an industry that is still illegal on the federal level.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure those businesses are safe, but we’re not going to work inside those businesses,” said Sonny Jackson, a department spokesman. “It’s a new industry, and we’re not sure what it’s going to entail.” [Read more…]

1st Recreational Pot Seller Expects Sky-High Sales Boost

COLORADO: Cue the “Rocky Mountain High” jokes.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Central City, Colo.a small gambling town nestled in the mountains near Denverjust became the first business in the United States licensed to sell marijuana to patrons without a note from their doctors.

Erin Phillips, the co-founder of medical marijuana chain Strainwise, announced this week that the Colorado Department of Revenue’s marijuana enforcement division accepted the company’s application for a recreational marijuana license on Nov. 15. She told CNBC on Friday that industry insiders estimate business can triple with the new license. [Read more…]