The Black Market Certainly Hurts The Regulated Industry, Said Kevin Gallagher, Head Of The Cannabis Business Alliance, A Colorado Group Representing The Sector.

The Associated Press Rural communities have also attracted some high-profile illicit drug operators accused of trying to exploit Colorado’s pot law to produce marijuana for sale out of state. The small towns where this has happened have limited police resources and their officials have said they cannot thorough investigate some sprawling marijuana growing operations. “An investigation like this can be very time-consuming and expensive,” said Michael Phibbs, head Medical marijuana stocks of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. The U.S. government allowed Colorado’s marijuana legalization experiment on the condition that state officials act to prevent marijuana from migrating to other states where it is still outlawed and ensure that criminal cartels are kept out of the growing business. The pot industry acknowledges the criminal activity and insists it is doing all it can to prohibit legally grown weed from crossing state lines. Among other safeguards, Colorado law requires growers to get licenses and use a “seed-to-sale” tracking system that monitors marijuana plants from when they are grown to when the finished product is sold in retail outlets. “The black market certainly hurts the regulated industry,” said Kevin Gallagher, head of the Cannabis Business Alliance, a Colorado group representing the sector. A dozen raids across southeast Colorado in 2016 led federal authorities to seize more than 22,000 pounds (10,000 kilograms) of marijuana they said were intended for out-of-state sale. There have been debates in some states over racial disparities in drug arrests after legalization. But the Colorado bill’s sponsor said the extra funding for police is not meant to jail more people.

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