Article by Adrian D. Garcia, Denverite
People growing marijuana at home is leading to more of the drug leaving Colorado illegally, and in some rare, but awful cases, costing people their lives, police and city officials say.
Now that Denver has developed a plan to deal with the pervasive smell of marijuana and voters have approved a program that will create legal places to consume outside the home, the next cannabis concern for the city to tackle is home grows.
Gov. John Hickenlooper recently said the illegal production of marijuana needs to be addressed in Colorado and asked state lawmakers to set aside $16 million in marijuana tax revenues to deal with the illegal activity around growing and selling cannabis.
Denver is likely to have some new laws on the books too.
“By the first half of next year, we’ll definitely be putting something forward,” said Dan Rowland, city spokesman. “It’s just a matter of going through that phase of educating ourselves to figure out what the issues are and what things we could propose to city council that might actually make an impact on those things.”
Denver police Cmdr. James Henning leads the department’s marijuana team and said the issue with residents growing marijuana boils down to concerns about community safety.