May 19, 2010 10:08 PM by News First 5
Governor Ritter was in Colorado Springs on Wednesday to sign legislation into law, However, he has not yet signed a controversial measure that would put new regulations on the medical marijuana industry in Colorado.
The measure (HB 1284) allows cities and counties to ban dispensaries but also allows individual caregivers to provide medical marijuana to five clients.
Just a day after lawmakers passed the bill Colorado Springs police conducted a series of searches where marijuana is being grown and say they were all illegal. No arrests have been made in these cases. Springs police says they're still under investigation.
The move has raised questions and created fear among local growers.
"The door to downstairs to the basement was knocked in," said Brett Strauss, COO of Lakk Investments, a group that works with many businesses in the medical marijuana industry.
Lakk said he spoke to employees at three businesses that were searched. "I've been active in this law and there's a big benefit to it but it also does give broad police power. "
"Our investigators identified at least seven different locations where they had information that there were probably cause that illegal grows were going on," said Sgt. Steve Noblitt, spokesperson, Colorado Springs Police Department.
Noblitt says they got search warrants to investigate each of them. "The investigators documented the grows and took the information and put it into a report and submitted that information to the district attorney's office for review."
After the investigation is done, the district attorneys office will review it to see if charges will be filed.