in Central City.
The raids by the criminal investigations unit of the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Boulder County sheriff's department were no surprise considering the rapid change and complexities involved in the laws regarding cannabis regulation -- not only the medicine itself, but its taxation, and the rules regarding proper identification.
Identity theft must be an ongoing and frustrating challenge for these businesses, especially in the weeks preceding Colorado's January 1 legalization of cannabis sales to all adults for recreational as well as medical use.
This is an historic moment in the War on Drugs, as cannabis is lifted from the murderous, criminal underworld into the realm of good medicine which provides help for millions of people, as well as profitable, aboveboard businesses, legal jobs, and one heck of a tax base. In recreational use it's a companion to, not competition with, alcohol (and many would rightfully say it's much safer than liquor).
Time for the federal government to stand down from its Schedule I misclassification of cannabis.