A popular Colorado-based dispensary has narrowly avoided hefty legal fees and being forced to shut down by making a deal with lawmakers after one of its co-owners was caught engaging in criminal activity.

The Colorado Dispensary

The dispensary is located in Denver, Colorado at 2042 Bannock Street as is called the Denver Recreational Dispensary or "Den-Rec" for short.

Google Maps
Google Maps
loading...

In addition to its main store on Bannock Street, Den-Rec also has another location in Denver as well as another in Lyons, Colorado.

What Did Den-Rec's Co-Owner Get Busted For?

The former co-owner that got the dispensary in hot water, Marc Monaco, has since been relieved from his position following being charged with a number of offenses.

Get our free mobile app

Monaco was busted by the Denver Police Department in 2021 for trying to sell roughly 22 pounds of marijuana to a police informant for a total of $44,000. Shortly after making the deal, a search warrant was issued for Monaco's home where authorities found close to 17 pounds of marijuana, multiple firearms, $143,000 in cash, and several items used to package and sell marijuana.

How Did Den-Rec Avoid Being Shut Down?

Because of Monaco getting busted, Den-Rec ended up being in a tight spot and was forced to terminate Monaco to avoid being shut down and charged with significant fines.

In order to keep their licenses, Den-Rec agreed to terminate Monaco within 90 days and not violate any codes to avoid losing all of their current licenses and face a $50,000 fine.

Current Den-Rec co-owner Ryan Buffkin insists that the business is operating in compliance with all rules and regulations and had no involvement with Monaco's extracurricular criminal activities.

[Westword]

Where to Buy Legal Marijuana on Colorado's Western Slope

Ever since legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, dispensaries have been popping up all over Colorado. Here are all of the places that you can buy legal cannabis on Colorado's Western Slope.

States That Enjoy Recreational Marijuana

A fun collection of facts and photos! Learn which states have legalized recreational marijuana and when, plus some weed facts you may have never known.

Starbucks to Dispensaries: How Many of These Random Things Are In Colorado?

If you love trivial facts, you're going to love these next facts. How many are there in Colorado - Starbucks, Walmarts, automobiles, dispensaries? Keep in mind, the numbers may vary a bit, depending on the source, but these are the numbers I came up with during my internet search.