Rocky Mountain PBS: Cultivating Crime

Number 28326
Subject Organized Crime
Source Rocky Mountain PBS
State
Year 2018
Publication Date December 13, 2018
Summary “Cultivating Crime” took a deep dive into the underground world of illegal marijuana in Colorado. Coloradans thought legalizing marijuana would destroy the black market, but our investigation found it did the opposite. We revealed how law enforcement says Colorado is now a magnet for organized crime with international ties. Our investigation found that criminal prosecutions linked to the cultivation, conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute of large amounts of marijuana increased dramatically after Colorado voters legalized the drug. Law enforcement officials said Colorado’s laws allowing home cultivation of marijuana opened the door for criminal organizations to move in from other parts of the world to grow large amounts of plants, under the cover of legalization, for sale in other states at much higher prices.
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Keywords Rocky Mountain PBS, marijuana, Colorado, black market, illegal, legalization, law enforcement, prosecution, cultivation, home, cannabis
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