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Hoppz' Cropz busted for "gifting" weed to customers 

click to enlarge DA Dan May at the mic during a July press conference on marijuana, flanked by Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Smith. - FILE PHOTO
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  • DA Dan May at the mic during a July press conference on marijuana, flanked by Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Smith.

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced on July 25 the indictment of 13 people associated with Hoppz' Cropz, a local head shop with two locations (on Hancock Expressway and East Boulder Street) known for "gifting" marijuana to customers who buy other items at an extreme markup (e.g., buy a $15 lighter and get a free gram of cannabis with it).

The 61-page indictment alleges Hoppz' Cropz's "gifting" program was a ruse to sell nearly 200 pounds of marijuana without paying licensure fees or taxes typically associated with retail marijuana sales. Such licensure is not available in Colorado Springs, but a new group wants to change that. See this story for more on the bust.


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