Why legal weed doesn't root out illegal grow-ops
This week, part two from host Geoff Turner's fact-finding trip to Colorado
On Drugs host Geoff Turner is back in Colorado for part two from his trip to the Rocky Mountain State.
Four years after the U.S. state legalized recreational cannabis, its regulatory system still has its critics. There are some takeaways for Canadian officials, who are due to end pot prohibition sometime this summer.
In this episode, Geoff gets out of Denver and visits Mesa County, where legalization hasn't been fully embraced. In most parts of the county, cannabis retail isn't permitted — still, officials report that the black market hasn't only survived legalization, it has flourished.
The voices featured in this episode include:
- Andrew Freedman, consultant & former Colorado director of marijuana coordination
- Lee Molloy, one of the founders of International Church of Cannabis
- Frank Whidden, country administrator, Mesa County
- Glenn Gaasche, resident agent-in-charge, Grand Junction DEA field office
- Jake Sheridan, activist and entrepreneur behind Grand Junction marijuana club
- Wanda James, pot activist, and entrepreneur