Update: $40K stolen from pot dispensary shuttered by state, inside job suspected

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Update: Earlier this morning, we shared an interview with Conley Hoskins, an indicted medical marijuana entrepreneur who decried the shuttering of two dispensaries by a state agency; see our previous coverage below.

In the conversation, Hoskins mentions that about fifty employees went unpaid due to the shutdown -- and now he suspects a couple of them may have had a role in a robbery overnight that appears to be an inside job.

The incident took place at Higher Health Medical, located at 527 East Mississippi, an address captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Here's how Hoskins describes the crime, which was captured on surveillance footage.

"About 2:45 a.m., two individuals broke through a window that had a chain-link fence on it and a welded screen," he says. "They cut through all that, broke the window and entered the facility right next to the safe where we keep everything.

"There's a giant, welded cage around the safe that's padlocked. They used bolt cutters on the padlock."

The safe itself would presumably have presented them with an even bigger challenge. But no: Hoskins says, "They had the combination."

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Conley Hoskins with his wife Alycia.
Upon opening the safe, the two men cleaned it out. Hoskins notes that "they took about $1,900 in cash, close to ten pounds of flowers and all the wax and edibles." He estimates the total loss in the $35-40,000 range.

The safe's contents represented all the product put on hold by the Marijuana Enforcement Division on Friday, when Higher Health was shuttered owing to a license denial Hoskins feels is unfair. According to him, officials had promised to let him remain in business until or unless he was convicted on a 71-count indictment filed by the Colorado Attorney General's Office in May of last year. However, the case against Hoskins was stayed by the Colorado Supreme Court this past October over a dispute about legal representation and has yet to be resolved one way or the other.

Because there was no motion detector near the safe, an alarm didn't sound when the two men entered the building. Hoskins was alerted to the robbery at around 6:30 a.m., after which he met personnel from the Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Denver Police Department to walk through the facility. (He no longer has keys to the building, so the locks had to be drilled so they could gain access.) A staffer from Higher Health's security company subsequently accessed the video and gave it to law enforcement.

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A photo from the Higher Health Facebook page.
In the interview below, Hoskins says he was ordered to keep all the plants from the dispensaries alive -- something he didn't think was possible given that he now has no revenue coming in. As such, some people are likely to suspect him of having played a part in the break-in. To this possibility, he replies, "Abso-fucking-lutely not." For one thing, he doesn't match the description of the thieves: He says they were around "five-feet-six to five-feet-seven and skinny, and I'm six-feet and about 210. I couldn't have fit through the window." And besides, he says it makes no sense for him to be involved in such a crime when he's already under indictment.

Who else might have been responsible? "Everyone seems to think it's an inside job," he acknowledges. Referencing the previous interview, when he talked about the fifty or so staffers left jobless by the dispensary closures, he adds, "None of the employees got paid. So you're making an assumption, but it's a reasonable one to make," especially since the thieves had the safe's combination.

He's clearly frustrated by this latest twist. In his words, "I just think it's curious that five or six days ago, they came in and shut us down and locked us up -- and now we're getting broken into because nobody's around and we've got disgruntled employees."

Continue for our interview with Conley Hoskins about the rejection of a temporary restraining order, as well as our previous coverage, featuring photos and documents aplenty.


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alycialux
alycialux

Its been like this for 2 years!!! The state has ruined our family. Taking almost 4 years to "deny" a license when we have proof of every inspection passed, and these cowboys think they can just come in guns blazing.

We are fighting. But its hard to continue to fight when we are constantly railroaded. And to the asshole below alleging we robbed ourselves makes no sense.

We want our due process, the MED needs a class action lawsuit, but we need more businesses to get together.

Something has to be done.

Thank you jmilnes2010. I am conleys ex wife, and the MED wont even let me take over the store. Its been almost 2 weeks, and guess what still no "hearing"

They are killing our livelihood, and our childrens future.

jmilnes2010
jmilnes2010

You're focus is completely on Hoskin's petty case when the MMED is pulling the SAME BULLSHIT on 150 stores in the past 14 DAYS ALONE! The MMED is a criminal group, bought out by the biggest companies to shut down the competition. The MMED is STEALING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THESE STORE OWNERS JUST TO FUNNEL OUT THE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES. This is the criminal government we're talking about who spends all day blaming everyone else for THEIR INCOMPETENCY, and gladly takes Millions and millions of dollars to funnel their pockets. The MMED has done a POOR job of initiating this business and all of these shut down stores need to engage in lawsuits against the MMED for their clear ROBBERY of the business owners of America. THIS IS HOW THEY DESTROY THE ECONOMY!


Hoskin's has a RIGHT OF DUE PROCESS you anti american scumbags! These fucking "liberals" spend all day telling people how liberal they are that you don't deserve due process and you're free speech is trampled. You don't know this person, all you know is what the media is telling you and what the government wants you to know. Your opinions about the person are invalid, the focus i here should be on the MMED's REGULATORY INCOMPETENCE and their clear robbery of the small business owners that make up the real economy.


THE REAL CRIMINALS ARE IN GOVERNMENT

jmilnes2010
jmilnes2010

Jane Medicals and Higher Health Medicinal FIGHT BACK against the lazy incompetence of the MMED!! Business owners, fight back against the Department of Revenue and sue them for REGULATORY INCOMPETENCY. The MMED is engaging in the criminal shutdown of business without DUE PROCESS as guaranteed in the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments. The MMED has FAILED to ensure consistency with lawmaking and the upholding of the law, and has FAILED to get its regulations placed since the PASSING of amendment 64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "In the conversation, Hoskins mentions that about fifty employees went unpaid due to the shutdown"


What? ... why can't a Medical Marijuana Bazillionaire pay his employees their minimum-wage-slave earnings? 


... more like this greedy criminal scum deliberately chose to rip off his employees, pocketing the $$ for himself, and then blaming the MED for it.



"I couldn't have fit through the window." 


LOL! ... but the stooges you hired to rip-off your own store could.


What's one more felony when he's facing a 71-count felony indictment?






Monkey
Monkey

Obviously, this guy arranged to have his shit stolen, so the MED couldn't destroy it. And I hope he gets away with it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What kind of "good moral character" would anyone need to Deliberately, Willfully and Continuously Violate Federal Drug and Money Laundering felonies for personal financial gain ??

evst
evst

@Monkey  nah he really is an asshole, he cut pay on hundreds of employees to pay for his court and lawyer fees....he deserves everything thats coming 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  I'd suspect it's the same sort of "good moral character" as the criminals who make those laws.

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