Friday’s Colorado pot-raiding DEA agent Sweetin sweetened up by Sunday

Has someone spoken with Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Jeff Sweetin, the man behind Friday’s high profile pot raid in Highlands Ranch? Someone like maybe Attorney General Eric Holder, who sets the policy for federal police agencies? Somebody said something because in the course of two short weekend days, Sweetin went from all agro anti-pot super agent to thoughtful law enforcement officer.

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Kinder gentler Sunday Sweetin told the Associated Press that even though he doesn’t believe dispensaries are genuinely legal, he’s not going be going “door to door” investigating them, because there are simply too many.

“It’s up to the state to decide what to do about them and lawmakers are trying to decide how to do that,” he told the AP. “I have to make sure that I’m not trying to become the enforcer and the regulator of medical marijuana because I don’t have the resources for it.”

Here is Sweetin as self-appointed “enforcer and regulator” in the AP story that ran in Friday’s Denver Post, where he said he had been gathering information on dispensary owners and their operations for months:

“The time is coming when we go into a dispensary, we find out what their profit is, we seize the building and we arrest everybody. They’re violating federal law. They’re at risk of arrest and imprisonment. Technically, every dispensary in the state is in blatant violation of federal law… It’s not medicine. We’re still going to continue to investigate and arrest people.”

Calls to the Colorado DEA office have so far gone unreturned.

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