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Crimes targeting Denver’s legal marijuana industry rose from 2019 to 2020, according to police data.

Westword

The City of Denver has implemented new storage regulations for marijuana dispensaries in an attempt to cut down on crime at pot shops.

The new rules, approved by Denver City Council before being adopted by the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses and the City Attorney’s Office on October 4, were proposed after Denver saw a rise in burglaries and robberies at legal marijuana businesses in 2020.

According to Denver Police Department data, burglaries associated with legal marijuana rose from 122 in 2019 to 175 in 2020, while other violent offenses — crimes including robbery, aggravated assault, homicide and rape — stayed flat. Violent offenses related to legal marijuana also increased by 64 percent between 2014 and 2020.

The DPD has issued a handful of crime memos over the last two years warning marijuana

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