In Colorado, it's a mess. We have a state constitutional amendment legalizing medicinal use of marijuana. So, now thousands of clearly sick people have their state issued "marijuana card", and doctors hand out recommendation letters (not prescriptions, mind you), like candy. Dispensaries, which is what we are calling legal pot shops, are popping up all over. Grows are also now legal for medical MJ, so they are turning up all over the place. And, of course, we are getting a strong-arm, home invasion robbery of grows every week or two and burgs at the dispensaries are common. I took my trainee on a tour of a dispensary last week, because neither one of us had ever been inside one. This one was set up in a former coffee shop. They had constructed an entryway out of plywood creating sort of a short hallway with a barred window on one side and a wooden door with a magnetic lock at the end. The dude working the window was a 20-something hipster dude, with that endearing snowboarder style of speech. The clerk refused to let us in to the dispensary without first calling the owner of the place. But, he did ask to see our cards. My rookie started to get out his PD business card, when I told him that's not what the guy meant. My rookie got this "oh crap" look on his face. I told the clerk we didn't have our cards. A short time later, the owner arrived, another 20-something dude in baggy jeans and t-shirt. I explained we wanted a tour, because of increasing crime at dispensaries. The owner was actually very receptive to our presence and only too happy to let us in. The place was largely empty, with a medium size grow in one corner, maybe 30 plants, a display case filled with buds along a wall, and a couch and flat screen tv along another wall. That was pretty much it. They had about 5-6 varieties of weed and a little hash. They also had a few brownies, cookies and candy, all weed-ified of course. He didn't say out right, but he hinted that the dispensary went through up to two pounds of MJ a day. The owner was clearly a weed expert. I asked him the differences between the varieties and he went on and on about the different effects of each and so on. He also said that he had noticed an increasing gang presence at the dispensary (go figure). He reported a tatted up Sur 13 member came in the week before offering to sell him "medicine". He declined, telling the guy he grew his own and had other sources. But, it worried him. So, for all intents and purposes, MJ is now legal in Colorado. All one needs is a recommendation from an MD, which anyone can get, assuming you have the ability to show up at the doc's office and pay about $200 for the exam (non-invasive, and medical records not necessary). The law in Colorado is so vague on medical MJ as to be almost worthless. And, there is basically no regulation of the dispensaries at the state level. Cities are trying to cobble together local zoning ordinances but pot advocates are threatening to sue. It's a mess. And, it's going to get worse. I'm not sure how many dispensaries we have in my city of about 150k, I'd guess around a dozen. And the former head of the narc unit said the city has over 100 business applications for more. Apparently, my city has a huge number of sick people, who really need their meds. I'm waiting for the first Colorado cop to get his/her MMJ card ... what is a PD to do?