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Friday, October 7,2011

Carbondale dispensary shut down, owner arrested

By Boulder Weekly Staff

The state’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) announced today that it worked with a Garfield County drug enforcement team to shut down a dispensary in Carbondale suspected of selling drugs illegally.

According to an MMED press release, the division partnered with the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team based in Glenwood Springs to investigate the Mother Earth Medical Marijuana Center “after receiving information that the center sold to individuals without the statutorily required documentation and was selling or offering to sell illegal drugs. … The operation yielded evidence of an illegal medical marijuana purchase and the sale of suspected cocaine to an undercover officer.”

According to the MMED, the dispensary owner was arrested, and the dispensary was shut down.

“Further investigation into other individuals that may be involved is ongoing, and additional arrests may be made as a result of this joint operation,” the release says. “Today is an example of how the MMED provides a valuable resource for other law enforcement agencies by partnering with them to provide both agencies with increased manpower and institutional knowledge to stop illegal activity within Colorado’s medical marijuana industry and our state.”

In a prepared statement, MMED Director Dan Hartman added, “While the MMED is currently working to educate members of the medical marijuana industry and bring them into compliance with current statute and rule, we will not hesitate to take immediate action when we are made aware of blatant illegal activity.”

The MMED news release says the crackdown on the Carbondale dispensary “helps validate the large majority of medical marijuana business owners that work hard to operate within our state’s regulatory scheme. These small business owners have spent a great deal of time and money to do so and are directly impacted by businesses not interested in compliance.”

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