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POT AND SECURITY

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    Workers tend the grow houses at the Medicine Man marijuana dispensary and grow house is one of the largest in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    Scenes of growing and clipping marijuana in The Haven marijuana dispensary in Denver.
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    Employees trim marijuana sprigs in the clipping room at the Medicine Man in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    Employees transport a rack of marijuana in the River Rock Colorado marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    A worker cures marijuana in racks at the Medicine Man marijuana dispensary and grow house in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    An employee organizes products at the Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    A sales associate organizes the product display at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow house in Denver Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014. Some of the merchandise includes edible pot and other exotic products.
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    Former special operations soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq now work for Blue Line Protection Group, which specializes in protection of the marijuana industry in Colorado.
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    A security guard stands watch during a supply run for a marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 24, 2014.
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    Workers tend to cannabis plants in the greenhouse facility of the River Rock Colorado marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    A pot smoker relaxes in the members only IBake Smoking Lounge in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    Patrons wait to buy pot at Medicine Man dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    Security cameras display scenes around the River Rock Colorado marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    Pot smokers use a method called "dabbing" with a hashish-like wax in the members only IBake Smoking Lounge in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    A worker and patron prepare a joint of pot at the IBake Smoking Lounge, a members only marijuana club, in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    A customer browses the merchandise at the River Rock Colorado marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 23, 2014.
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    An employee tends to cannabis plants at the Medicine Man marijuana grow house in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
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    Yvette Williams, the owner of Timberline Herbal Clinic, poses for a portrait in her broken storefront window in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014. Her marijuana dispensary was burglarized 3 days earlier in the middle of the night.
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    A security guard from Blue Line Protection watches over production at The Shelter marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 24, 2014.
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    A Blue Line Protection Group officer protects The New Age Wellness marijuana dispensary in Longmont, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014. The dispensary was attacked by masked gunmen, where Alan Pedersen, 23, was assaulted and $6,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.
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    A Blue Line Protection Group officer stands guard in front of The New Age Wellness marijuana dispensary in Longmont, Colo. on Jan. 22, 2014.
Pot and Security

As of January 1, 2014, Colorado has led the United States into uncharted territory by legalizing the sale and recreational consumption of marijuana in defiance of federal law.  Before then, with marijuana allowed for medical use, there had been burglaries and break-ins at pot dispensaries and grow houses, but the problem has worsened since marijuana’s legalization.  This story looks at pot culture and the challenge of security around the newly legalized industry in the state of Colorado.

 

 

 

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