Weekly round-up: Authorities raid marijuana dispensaries, investigating ties to Colombian drug cartels

By Lars Gesing

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials raided several marijuana dispensaries in the Denver Metro area on Thursday, various local, regional and even national news outlets reported. Members of the Boulder County Sherriff’s Office helped authorities search sites in north Boulder and Nederland. While those served with a warrant in some cases were unsure what the investigations are about, state officials said those businesses had disregarded more than one of the regulations set in place before recreational marijuana retail becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2014. The Denver Post quoted sources on Friday saying that investigators were looking for ties to Colombian drug cartels.

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Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum was re-elected for another two-year term during the weekly city council meeting on Tuesday. Appelbaum stayed atop his contender Tim Plass in a 5-4 vote, the Daily Camera reported. Also, newly elected city council members Mary Young, Sam Weaver and Andrew Shoemaker and re-elected councilmen Appelbaum and Macon Cowles got sworn into office during Tuesday’s meeting.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released the state’s unemployment rates for October on Friday. ABC 7News and other media reported that the number – 6.8 percent – was the lowest since unemployment reached 6.7 percent in January 2009, almost five years ago. The October number was also slightly lower than in September, when 6.9 percent of Coloradans where without a job. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.3 percent.

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