Colorado

Jul 29, 2010 9:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Most Colorado pot center owners have arrest records

The Drug Enforcement Administration says that more than half of the owners of Colorado's medical marijuana dispensaries have criminal records.

The DEA says the crimes the dispensary owners were arrested for include sexual assault, weapons violations, and burglary. Four of the owners were previously arrested and investigated on charges of murder and attempted murder.

KUSA-TV reported the DEA's findings.

Some of the dispensary owners with criminal records will not be able to operate their businesses after Sunday, when new state regulations go into effect. Those regulations bar anyone with a felony conviction or sentence in the last five years from obtaining an operating license for a dispensary.

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