Denver police just shut down eight Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers throughout Denver and Aurora, arresting 12 people, and suspended 26 licenses due to suspected illegal activity. The raids came after a yearlong investigation of suspected illegal cannabis sales.
Sweet Leaf Stores Suspected of Illegal Marijuana Distribution
Denver police say that Sweet Leaf stores have violated the one-ounce limit per person per day law that is recognized in Colorado. An ongoing investigation of eight Sweet Leaf locations led to the discovery of illegal distribution at each location.
How much marijuana over the legal one-ounce limit each location was selling was not disclosed. All ten Sweet Leaf stores across Colorado were closed after the raids that took place on Thursday, although only 8 were suspected of criminal activity. Sweet Leaf’s Portland, Oregon store remained open.
The city did not suspend operation for Sweet Leaf’s East Sixth Avenue location in Aurora. Spokeswoman for the city Julie Patterson says, “We are waiting to receive more information from police investigators to determine whether we need to take any action.”
Sweet Leaf Representatives Surprised by Raids
While the names of those arrested have not yet been released, a statement emailed by Sweet Leaf representatives said the raids took them by surprise. Their email read: “It is unclear at this point exactly what actions, if any, Sweet Leaf took to cause the city to issue this order. Sweet Leaf is cooperating with the authorities to resolve this issue and hopes to have all of their stores back in operation as soon as possible.”
The Denver Police Department led the investigation, along with the help of the Aurora Police Department and several other agencies, including: the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, the Denver District Attorney Office, and the Denver City Attorney Office.
The investigation is ongoing, and we will keep you informed of updates as they are released.