Sweet Leaf cannabis business co-owners hit with $8.8M judgment

The embattled owners of a once-thriving string of cannabis businesses along Colorado’s Front Range have been ordered by a Denver judge to pay $ 8.8 million after finding they failed to honor commitments to the owner of properties they were buying in Denver. The decision issued Wednesday by Denver District…

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Sweet Leaf case puts Colorado’s marijuana enforcement system to the test

By all appearances, Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers was a cannabis success story. In early December, Sweet Leaf had grown to 300 employees, brought in upward of $ 5 million in sales monthly, and expanded across Colorado’s Front Range with an eye on markets such as Nevada and Massachusetts. The burgeoning…

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Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers should be stripped of licenses after illegal sales scheme, hearing officer rules

The Sweet Leaf dispensary chain, shut down in December after a police sting, was a criminal enterprise that pocketed millions from an illicit “looping” scheme that allowed customers to purchase the maximum amount of marijuana multiple times in a day, a municipal hearing officer ruled.As a result, Sweet Leaf Marijuana…

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Yoga, parkour and more security: New Denver 4/20 event organizer seeks to turn over new leaf

For more than a decade, Denver city officials have winced as they’ve watched puffs of marijuana smoke rise above Civic Center park during 4/20 gatherings at the symbolically important time of 4:20 p.m. After the legalization of recreational marijuana took effect in Colorado four years ago, those grimaces spread —…

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Attorney for Sweet Leaf budtenders files to dismiss felony marijuana charges

Published: Jan 11, 2018, 12:55 pm • Updated: Jan 11, 2018, 1:28 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Four Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center budtenders facing felony charges for alleged illegal distribution of marijuana are immune from Colorado criminal prosecution under Amendment 64, their attorney argued in a court motion…

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Denver DA files charges against Sweet Leaf budtenders allegedly involved in “looping” marijuana sales

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 1:08 pm • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 1:27 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The Denver District Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced charges filed against 10 Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center budtenders arrested following a Denver Police investigation of alleged illegal marijuana sales at the dispensaries.…

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The story behind the undercover investigation that led to the Sweet Leaf raids

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 6:49 pm • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 7:06 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A budtender’s six-month stint at the Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center in Aurora came with no incidents — no activity recognizable as illegal or suspicious. The same couldn’t be said after that…

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Sweet Leaf employee Christmas bonuses disappear from bank accounts after police raid

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 8:14 am • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 8:48 am By The Cannabist Network DENVER — It’s a growing industry in a booming Colorado economy, but out of work employees at Sweet Leaf marijuana centers say they’re having a tough time finding other jobs because of a…

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13 Sweet Leaf budtenders swept up in Denver police raids

Published: Dec 15, 2017, 3:42 pm • Updated: Dec 15, 2017, 6:29 pm By Alicia Wallace and Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The 13 people arrested Thursday in a yearlong investigation into suspected illegal marijuana sales at Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers were budtenders, The Cannabist’s preliminary review of arrest affidavits…

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