Ten ways to tell a "medical marijuana dispensary" is a drug dealer's house

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Peter Mattaroo.
Late last month, Colorado Springs police busted 28-year-olds Peter Mattaroo and Kristine Bauer for allegedly operating a fake medical marijuana dispensary out of their apartment on Lionstone Drive.

How could the average customer have known it was bogus? We've got some ideas about that.

Neighbors near the apartment had apparently been noticing a lot of traffic in and out of the place, and Colorado Springs police were eventually tipped off about what was going on shortly before Christmas. On December 28, a seventeen-year-old kid and his friends were pulled over leaving the apartment and busted with marijuana, which they told police they had purchased at an "in home" dispensary, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. Police raided the apartment later that night.

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Kristine Bauer.
According to the report, police not only found marijuana, but also guns, cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms at the fake MMC. They also busted a second location related to the business that was being used as a grow facility and stash spot for several pounds of weed, more guns, more coke, more 'shrooms and a bullet-proof vest. In total, there were 27 guns, a quarter-ounce of mushrooms and over an ounce of blow.

While it seems ridiculous that something like this could operate so blatantly, the place apparently was pseudo-professional in appearance. The couple allegedly kept their weed separated by strains in jars in display cases, had surveillance cameras and even took credit cards.

So to help you out, dear Mile Highs and Lows reader, we've come up with the top ten signs the Colorado dispensary you shop at is actually just a drug dealer's house:

10. The strain menu is taped to the fridge next to a grocery list for eggs, bacon and bread.

9. The staff is in their pajamas.

8. Instead of state badges, the employees are all wearing "Hello, my name is..." stickers.

7. Security camera cables aren't plugged into anything.

6. Budtenders pass you the joint they are smoking.

5. The customers in front of you are talking about how hard tenth grade chemistry is, and they aren't teachers.

4. State licenses are clearly photocopied and filled out in crayon.

3. When you hand them your card, they ask: "What the hell is that thing?"

2. They keep turning down the radio to turn up a police scanner.

1. In addition to your quarter bag of Haze, the budtender tries to up-sell you with a few caps of boomers and an eight ball of cocaine.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Colorado Medical Marijuana Handbook author on which states are likeliest raid targets" and "Medical marijuana: 4,200 patients seen by physician assistants being denied and rejected."

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Seoinnovation3
Seoinnovation3

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/

 

Guest
Guest

as a patient....i would pay to be able to call the cops on a tweaker filled mmj shop. tweakers killed my brother and if someone tried selling me that stuff I would seriously jump for joy before calling the cops dea and anyone else i could find on the place.

Jason B
Jason B

We can all be quite sure Nathan Do, 21, and his father, Ha Do, 48, brother Hai Do, 44, and Richard Crosse, 48, are enjoying their solitude in their orange jumpsuits at the federal lockup in Aurora.  They have a very long ways to go before they get to wear other clothes again on a regular daily basis

Tech
Tech

I would be fine with 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 and maybe even 10. It's nature. It grows. It's only a drug if you label it one. Why regulate it at all? It's insane they put people away for life over growing a plant, any plant, especially a medically helpful one. If they can't objectively look at the benefits vs harm of cannabis just think what other nonsensical decisions they make on our behalf.

Mark Slaugh
Mark Slaugh

lol - good one! The media should really compare and contrast this to a regulated and licensed business. I feel sorry for those communities who banned that option.

Some
Some

what a lame list. Really this is all you could come up with us. 

Stan
Stan

I thought it was much better than a two-sentence generalization from an English-challenged troll.

Doug
Doug

And you're a tool according to everyone.

Anon
Anon

To me this is not news. Yet it will be passed around and probably get popular. This man might have had guns in his home. But he did not threaten anyone. Cops were not responding to a call they were hunting for contraband. was he breaking the law by not filing the ton of bureaucratic paperwork and thousand's of dollar application fee's? yes, but so are the people who do. Do we really want to live in a country police cruise around looking for Gun's, plants, and mushrooms or should they be look for Killers and rapists? or better yet off the clock not wasting our money on speeding tickets and contraband ruining peoples life's?  

dk
dk

Good point, people with guns and blow couldn't possibly be dangerous.

tech
tech

Depends if they have a drug problem. If they were simply selling it, what makes them a dangerous person?

Donna Shegonee
Donna Shegonee

The Bud tender tells the customer before you,  see you in a couple Hours as he is writing down the menu of what is available.

Jasper
Jasper

I like it.  I've been to couple that are check marks on this list.  Dispensary where you have to yell over the gangster rap.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

It's like in the movie Blow when the Colombians tell George Jung's pilot "we need pictures of your children, don't forget the pictures."

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