Making cannabis recreationally legal has done little to stop police officers from those states from targeting marijuana smokers for despicable entrapment practices. Many of these methods are working and resulting in people in Colorado getting arrested for cannabis. Police in Denver have been using social media sites, such as Facebook, to trick potential buyers into purchasing the cannabis from them instead of a licensed shop. These posts can be found all over the comment sections of popular cannabis news websites, but luckily at THC Insider we take the time to delete any suspicious comments of this nature. In the post the police will pose as growers that are willing to ship their cannabis products for reasonable prices. These posts claim to be from dispensary owners that do discreet shipping of amounts over an oz. They usually provide a number and an email to reach them at, but once someone goes along with the process they are setting themselves up to be arrested.
Police are taking the time to create fake Facebook pages that are complete with back stories and pictures of grow operations that they’re claiming to own.
People are rightfully outraged by this blatant entrapment process. It is completely unnecessary for police to have sting operations in states that no longer have prohibition. It seems that instead of moving their focus to other issues, Colorado cops have taken it as a challenge to find new ways to get cannabis users in trouble. Police are taking the time to create fake Facebook pages that are complete with back stories and pictures of grow operations that they’re claiming to own. Other police officers are using Craigslist ads to attract potential buyers. These stings are definitely working, too. One man in Colorado was busted for attempting to purchase 36 pounds of cannabis from police posing as a dispensary owner. The question seems to be whether these citizens would have stuck to the legal methods of obtaining cannabis had they not been tempted by such a great and fictional offer. Despite these types of busts being clearly related to entrapment they have yet to be deemed illegal. This is because the investigators are able to collect enough evidence to prove that the suspect has a predisposition for selling drugs.
While some are interested in trying to prove entrapment in these cases, it is often so difficult that they instead accept a plea deal. These plea deals often keep the defendant from potential prison time. The predisposition aspect of the case can be very hard to prove either way. The police must be able to show that the accused was ready, willing, and able to buy marijuana from them without any plays for sympathy or friendship. The police are allowed to lie virtually as much as they like to you during these sting operations so it’s best not to trust anyone online or in blue when it comes to buying cannabis. The war on drugs has been a long lasting fight with no winners, but it is hard to imagine the end when police are arranging sting operations on people in states that have legalized the plant.