Marijuana: David Lopez Allegedly Tied Up Pot Shop Employee, Held Him at Gunpoint

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David Lopez.
Aside from the Supermax in Florence and the U.S. Mint in Denver, few places in this state are as heavily secured as medical marijuana dispensaries. To burglarize one after closing is usually a waste of time, as Colorado law says weed has to be locked up and owners often keep their (mostly) cash profits in impregnable safes, as well. And to rob one during the daytime is a pretty brazen move, because the required security cameras will be photographing you from numerous angles while someone presses a silent alarm to call the police.

But despite all of that, some scofflaws can't resist stopping by dispensaries. An example: David Lopez, a forty-year-old Texan, who allegedly robbed a Pueblo recreational dispensary at gunpoint this week.

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According to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, an employee at the Cannasseur recreational marijuana dispensary showed up a few hours before the shop opened on Monday and was allegedly ambushed by Lopez, who forced the employee inside, tied him up, then ripped out the phone lines before grabbing armloads of pot and other weed-related items.

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By this time, police had been called and were surrounding the building. When Lopez stepped out the door, he was arrested with the pot as well as a fully loaded, thirty-round 9mm handgun. Cops say they think Lopez planned to hit up at least two other dispensaries; owners at nearby shops say they've seen him hanging around. He's now facing a slew of charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment, menacing and aggravated robbery.

An employee at the Cannasseur said that staffers had been told not to speak with the press, but he added that everyone was "doing okay" despite the incident. She said the product was fine, too, and as of 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, the store was preparing to open up for the day.

Online, the shop says it accepts credit cards -- but no doubt a large part of its business is cash, and at $420 an ounce and $60 an eighth before taxes, there's likely plenty of cash around. Most dispensaries are in the same situation. Despite memos from federal banking officials that say banks and other financial institutions can offer services to pot shops, many are still reluctant to do so.

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Earlier this year, in an attempt to help break the logjam, the Colorado Legislature passed a marijuana co-op bill. Still, no institutions have been created yet, and they would not be able to get federal insurance. Attempts at the federal level to change policies through legislation have largely been stymied, too, though a recent amendment to the much-debated House spending bill last month would make it illegal for the Securities and Exchange Commission or Treasury Department to go after banks that hold accounts with state-legal marijuana businesses. The measure was co-sponsored by Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter.

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Randi Vigil
Randi Vigil

There's some people who are just stupid. Simple as that, no fuckin theories or cannabis is bad, not it's good arguments, too high or any of that shit. People don't think, they see something they think they can get away with and go for it, no thought process to it. There will always be the village idiots, simple as that.

Erich Dye
Erich Dye

Let them bank properly,like ANY other business,and this won't happen.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

420 an ounce and 60 an eight before tax the only thief is the dispensary itself

Matt Bishop
Matt Bishop

I guess they forgot to put up their no guns signs lol

Dianeosaurus Rex
Dianeosaurus Rex

Because they're idiots who know that the all cash shops are there.

Jaci Davis
Jaci Davis

Che Weller. .. I believe the term is Dankrupt. ...

Che Weller
Che Weller

Simple answer. Niggaz is broke these days

Justin Wisniewski
Justin Wisniewski

Because banks have been a bunch of aholes not allowing marijuana business to open accounts. This makes it so there is a lot of cash on hand an leaves the business vulnerable to cash theft as well as product theft.

Los C Denver
Los C Denver

Because the state/ federal banking system has created an issue where the shops have a shit ton of cash sitting in them because they're not allowed to bank anywhere just yet...so to idiots like this David Lopez guy think they're gonna make a big score. But really him and anyone like him just gets arrested and then the news can turn around and say look at all this crime caused by marijuana...it's all crap it's all a trap

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

"at $420 an ounce and $60 an eighth before taxes,"


people in Pueblo are incredibly stupid.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Memorable post, Randi. Thanks.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

If they'd stop ripping off customers with obscenely high prices, they wouldn't have so much $$$$$ laying around to steal.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Simple and straight-forward. Thanks for weighing in, Erich.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

Total rip-off.


Hard to believe there are that many suckers, even in Pwee-blow.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Good points, Justin. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Los C Denver. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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