A brief law enforcement survey the organization conducted last summer turned up numerous cases in which suspects had made purchases at Colorado dispensaries before being busted in other states.
In the past two years, Colorado’s medical pot regulators have levied 54 fines against licensed businesses, but have never revoked or suspended a license.
Matt Cook, the former director of Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, defended the ‘‘seed-to-store’’ regulations in the state.
Cook, who is applying for a job as a consultant to Washington’s marijuana regulators, noted that at any time officials could check the digital records, pull the surveillance video or drop in for an inspection — and the fear of getting busted keeps people in line.
Bob Hoban, whose law firm represents nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, agreed, and noted another incentive for dispensaries to behave.
‘‘It’s a cutthroat business,’’ he said. ‘‘If somebody sees something unusual, they’re going to provide a tip. ... There’s just about as good of a safeguard as you can have for diversion in the state of Colorado, and a lot of that is Big Brother watching you.’’
Associated Press writer Kristen Wyatt in Denver contributed to this report.
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