Colorado medical marijuana centers were required to sign a certification saying they were growing 70 percent of their own medication by Sept. 1. But in a phone conversation this afternoon, Department of Revenue director of enforcement Matt Cook revealed that after having gone through almost 900 applications, his office has found roughly 100 centers to be non-compliant.
“I can’t tell you who they are, because they’re obviously under investigation," Cook says. "If I tell you who they are, then it obviously jeopardizes things that are about to happen.”
Cook lists three main scenarios his office has encountered:
The first: “If they filed an affidavit, but they have four locations, and I find out, for sake of argument, that they intended that affidavit to cover all their locations ... they’re obviously compliant, and we wouldn’t have issues with them.”
The second: “By the same token, if I have some that say, ‘Gee, we didn’t file the affidavit, but we are compliant,’ we’re obviously going to allow them to file affidavits, but there will be a sanction associated with it.”
And the third: “They’re non-compliant altogether, and those are the people that will be facing criminal sanctions, and some other things.”
Cook emphasizes that, though he thinks the statewide total is around 100, it's still a rough estimate.
“I have to be very careful when I tell you that because, again, the situation where [a center] has four locations but they only filed one affidavit, that can affect that number,” he says.