What the Sweet Leaf Raids Mean For the Cannabis Industry

Shockwaves hit the legal cannabis industry last week when police raided eight locations of the retail chain Sweet Leaf in and around Denver. The case should serve as an example for all regulators and law enforcement of how new issues require oversight and intervention in a post-legalization world.

Sweet Leaf is among Colorado’s largest vertically integrated cannabis companies. It operates 11 stores in Colorado and one in Oregon. The raids on Dec. 14 included the arrests of 13 people all employed by Sweet Leaf, mostly as budtenders (those who sell pot products to customers).

The police action also resulted in the suspension of 26 Sweet Leaf licenses for the cultivation, processing and retail of cannabis.


Swartz, Kyle. “What the Sweet Leaf Raids Mean For the Cannabis Industry.” www. cannabisregulator.com. 18 December 2017. Web. 19 December 2017.