Denver Police Department on Thursday executed search warrants and made arrests at “multiple” licensed marijuana facilities in the metro area, officials said.
Police officials, citing an ongoing investigation, would provide only limited information as to the scope of the enforcement actions, number of arrests made and the businesses involved.
“It’s ongoing, and we still have work to do at this point,” Doug Schepman, Denver Police spokesman told The Cannabist.
Schepman said multiple agencies and officers are involved in the action.
Initial information available Thursday indicates that enforcement actions were occurring at Sweet Leaf dispensaries across the city.
Sweet Leaf’s marijuana business operations across the city and county of Denver were shuttered Thursday as a result of an investigation and enforcement action by Denver Police.
The city and county of Denver posted notices on Sweet Leaf’s shuttered stores announcing the licenses have been suspended “by order of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for alleged violations of Colorado law.”
The suspension covers 26 licenses — including medical, retail and cultivation — for operations that do business as Sweet Leaf, said Dan Rowland, spokesman for the Department of Excise and Licenses.
According to a Department of Excise and Licenses order of summary suspension, licensing officials suspended the licenses after reviewing an investigation completed by the Denver Police Department. The 26 licenses affected were issued to nine limited liability companies all doing business as Sweet Leaf.
The order states:
“Reasonable grounds and probable cause exists to believe that respondents have engaged in deliberate and willful violations of state and local laws or regulations, and/or that the public health, safety and welfare requires emergency action.”
No other suspensions were issued against other entities as of midday Thursday, Rowland said.
Officials for Sweet Leaf could not be immediately reached for comment.
At the Sweet Leaf dispensary located at 2609 Walnut St., a police officer answered the door and declined comment to a reporter from The Cannabist.
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