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Freedom! Five, four,
three, two, one …
NARRATOR: Tens of thousands
gather in Denver’s Civic
Center Park.
It’s the largest smoke
out in the country,
celebrating Colorado’s recently
legalization of marijuana.
MC: Look at that
cloud of freedom!
You can tell your
grandchildren you were here!
NARRATOR: The happy
scene turns into panic.
MAN ON STAGE: Oh no, are
shooting. Right now I say.
NARRATOR: In Denver, the
cannabis industry is booming.
With more medical marijuana
dispensaries than Starbucks
coffee shops, the city is fast
becoming the US capital of weed.
In November 2012 Colorado passed
an amendment allowing the
recreational use of marijuana.
To celebrate, a massive
party is planned on 4-20,
International Weed Day …
… and the city is
packed with visitors.
JJ WALKER: We’ve kind of created
this as sort of the check in
room in the mornings which has
been nice and we’ll give them
their daily allowance.
MATT: I’ll be downstairs and
I’ll make the go on the bus.
NARRATOR: Looking to cash in
on the state’s new Green Rush,
entrepreneurs Matt Brown and JJ
Walker have put all their cash
and energy into their start up.
The first marijuana
themed package tour
in the United States.
MATT BROWN: Two guys who are
willing to take a little bit of
risk and putting a whole
lot of work to, you know,
act like every other
tourism company,
can have a very real economic
and sort of social impact.
JJ WALKER: This will kind of
manage them through the day
and at the rally, then that’s
where the puff puff really
starts.
NARRATOR: The stakes are high
though the plan is pretty simple
Guide 160 visitors who paid
up to $800 each for a weekend
packed with activities
and plenty of weed.
TABBY: We smoked on the road
and then me and my girl kind of
passed out while her
boyfriend did the driving.
And then we woke up in Iowa and
we smoked again and then we kind
of fell asleep
again after a while.
We were coming no matter what.
No matter what.
We weren’t gonna miss it.
NARRATOR: It’s 10 a.m.
and they are ready for the
ultimate Denver weed experience.
MATT BROWN: You can smoke on
the bus, just not cigarettes.
JJ and I are definitely the
most stressed out ones here,
nobody else seems to notice.
NARRATOR: Though tourists don’t
mind as long as they get their
next puff.
MATT BROWN: It’s more
like camp counseling.
Just keep giving announcements
and tell people when
to come back.
NARRATOR: Soon, Matt
the tour organizer,
discovers that corralling
a group of stoners is not
an easy task.
MATT: Grow tour…
NARRATOR: Colorado’s
legalization of weed
means new business for some.
But it’s putting pressure on
Denver’s established drug
suppliers adding more fuel to
the fire of old gang rivalries.
In north-east Denver’s
neighborhood of Park Hill,
Colorado Boulevard marks
the border between the Crips
and the Bloods.
HIT MAN & DRUG RUNNER: It’s
all about the PHB you feel me?
You see what I’m saying?
I’m Bloods, I’m just
a Park Hill Gangster Blood
xxxx all the xxxx
on the east side.
NARRATOR: West of the Boulevard
where the Park Hill Bloods
dominate, gangbangers
are rapping about
getting ready for
their next fight.
The gang war reaches
far beyond You Tube.
BIG PH MAN: We know we can’t go
to the east side with 100 kilos
and try to moving that.
The BLEEP know that they
ain’t coming out here at all
with a 20 bot selling BLEEP
to nobody or they gonna get
their heads split.
Stay where you’re from, if
not then your mom gotta go
to a funeral.
HIT MAN & DRUG RUNNER:
xxxx them Crab ass xxxx…
We’re bloods, they don’t
mean nothing to us,
know what I’m saying? Get it on.
You feel me?
NARRATOR: Gang members on both
sides have been locked
in the deadly feud for
over two decades now.
BIG PH MAN: This wall right
here, this is my memorial war.
We got a side right here, BIP.
That mean Blood in Paradise.
This is for all of our dear
homies that we lost to the Crabs
out here.
Every war loses soldiers.
You know what I’m
saying, we got ours.
NARRATOR: For the gangbangers
the means of making money
legally are limited.
BIG PH MAN: We got our hands
in a little bit of everything
right now.
We gang bang active,
and so anything that,
that comes with gangbanging,
you know what I’m saying …
… killing, robbing
… … stealing,
you know what I’m saying,
whatever we gotta do to stay
on top.
Anything that’s making money,
you know what I’m saying,
hustle is hustling out here.
NARRATOR: The Bloods
biggest hustle is drugs.
Until recently they made money
selling cheap weed for Mexico.
BIG PH MAN: Once marijuana
got legalized out here,
like everybody
wanted a piece of it.
Everybody wanted to be the
drug lord, the marijuana king,
you know what I’m saying?
NARRATOR: Lately, they’ve
been feeling the squeeze.
BIG PH MAN: There’s a lot of
people trying to push into
this weed business and it’s so
competitive right now when it
comes to, to weed sales that I
don’t even really deal with it
that much. I just smoke it.
NARRATOR: Crowded out by the
expanding legal marijuana
market, the gangbangers are
looking for business elsewhere.
BIG PH MAN: Supply and demand
in Denver is pretty much crack
cocaine, cocaine.
HIT MAN & DRUG RUNNER: This
right here is about a quarter
bird 250g of cocaine.
You know what I’m saying?
This is how we get down
in Park Hill, you feel me?
We bag this xxxx up
It all just depends on your
rank and what your job is.
Some BLEEP are, you
know what I’m saying,
just stuck right
here in the hood.
You can’t do nothing unless
it’s moved in the hood.
Some BLEEP are asked to
move shit out of state,
it all just depends on your
position and your power out here
NARRATOR: Some of those at the
top of Denver’s drug business
started off right
here on the streets.
GHOST: As far as growing up in
the projects Mom on the pipe,
no food in the refrigerator
Me and my brothers this was
our means to eat. Period
NARRATOR: Only 24 years old,
Ghost is one of the biggest
drug wholesalers in Denver.
GHOST: If you grew up in Park
Hill There’s a 10% chance
that you might not find drugs.
They will find you
NARRATOR: Far from the hood, he
set up his operation in one of
the wealthiest
suburbs of the city.
GHOST: In Colorado there’s only
3 other people in my position
You won’t see us, you won’t
even get to talk to us
NARRATOR: Thanks to gang
connections in California,
Ghost gets hooked up with high
quality cocaine from Mexico.
GHOST: I go to California I
easily spend a quarter million
Come back to Colorado 30 grand a
key So I make an easy 350 grand
And then that’s the same
routine It never stops
NARRATOR: He makes five to
$10,000 profit on each kilo
he distributes.
GHOST: It’s already sold before
I even get back here
It’s already line up
NARRATOR: Ghost runs a large
network that reaches all
the way to the streets.
GHOST: I’m just straight up,
cash in hand Other people stand
out on the corner And they
make all them transactions
and everything
I don’t have time to sell
rock after rock to everybody
That’s other people’s job.
NARRATOR: Gang members cut
the powder, repackage it,
then sell it in
small quantities.
HIT MAN & DRUG RUNNER: We got
people, you know what I mean,
we sell to the white people
down on on the south side
of Park Hill we sell T-shirt,
you know what I’m saying?
T-shirts for 1.7,
or a bag … 1.9.
NARRATOR: To stay on top of
business in the drug game,
Ghost threatens violence against
anyone who fails to pay.
GHOST: Respect is much
needed Come up missing,
there’s a definite consequence
Your family members get hurt
Sometimes it’s not even
just a gun You get tortured
Chop your hand off,
sometimes chop a foot off
NARRATOR: Ghost surrounds
himself with trusted lieutenants
who make sure he
stays on top of the game.
T: I had to shoot BLEEP.
Every day you could think
I’m gonna have to do it.
Not because I wanted to
but because I had to.
I might be little, but these
BLEEP will respect me out here.
No matter what.
They’re gonna respect me.
NARRATOR: As a woman, T had to
work twice as hard to prove
that she was down with the gang.
T: I paid my dues.
NARRATOR: She was only 14 when
the Bloods put her to the test
by giving her weed to sell.
Now she’s in charge of some of
Ghost’s distribution business.
T: Wake up in the
morning, get dressed,
leave the house by 8.45, hit
them streets. Hit ’em hard.
My phone is ringing, I’m getting
texts. It’s a normal thing.
NARRATOR: She moves around
Denver supplying street dealers
and regular customers
with crack cocaine.
T: I got loyal customers, like
they listen. It’s like a class.
It’s like my, my children.
It’s just my money’s bigger.
Why? Cos more people
are smoking crack.
More people are, you
know what I’m saying …
… BLEEP meth, BLEEP weed, you
know what I’m saying, heroin,
everything else. It’s
just like I want them rocks.
NARRATOR: For the gangbangers
the biggest profits are made
from cooking cocaine into crack.
BIG PH MAN: You can get an ounce
of cocaine for 900 bucks, 1,000,
you know, and if it’s good
shit you can flip that
that, you know what I’m saying,
cook it up, turn it into crack,
make you six/ 7,000.
We got crack houses and trap
houses out here that we go to
when we take care
of our business.
NARRATOR: Crack cocaine sells
by the dollar and by the crumb,
are done out in the open in some
of Denver’s known outdoor drug
markets like this one.
It’s also an open competition
area for the gangs that are
fighting over the business
Recently members of the
Crips posted this video on
You Tube claiming it as theirs.
JASON BREST: This area of Denver
is it’s crack central.
There’s no really
better way to say it,
it’s crack dealing and
smoking in broad daylight.
It’s the lowest of
the street level.
I mean you can buy
crack literally for $2.
NARRATOR: The park is hot
on the Denver police radar.
Undercover Detective Jason Brest
and the District 6 narcotic team
are hitting it as part
of Operation Dope Day.
JASON BREST: You can actually
see the deal going right there.
She’s giving him
the crack, see it?
Okay Sarge, the … the black
female with the grey sweats
and the black hoodie is
definitely up and running.
She’s got like a line, you
might as well take a number.
NARRATOR: Once the
dealer is identified,
the detectives need
to make a move.
JASON BREST: We want to get in
there quickly before she sells
out otherwise she’s gonna walk
away with all that money.
NARRATOR: An informant the
man wearing the red sweatshirt
is being sent in to make a deal.
JASON BREST: The CI is making
his way towards the middle
of the Park.
NARRATOR: The deal
falls through.
JASON BREST: She told the
CI that she was out and that
it would be about 10 minutes
before she got her re-up.
NARRATOR: But it takes
seconds to get another one.
JASON BREST: Our guy is on the
wall now with a bunch of people
around him.
Looks like he might
be doing a deal.
He’s given a signal.
NARRATOR: The informant confirms
the purchase has been made.
JASON BREST: Black male
wearing a grey hoodie,
a grey coat with a black
Colorado Rocky’s beanie cap,
with a purple shirt under it.
He’s on the wall, getting
ready to do another deal.
JASON BREST: So we got a
positive ID from the CI and now
the Sergeant’s called the
uniformed officers to come in
and arrest out bad guy.
He’s … he’s sitting
right there on the wall.
He’s like making
it perfect for you.
He’s just waiting for you guys.
There you go. Bingo!
And before he knew it, they had
his hands behind his back and
they’ve put him in handcuffs.
NARRATOR: Operation Dope Day is
underway in Downtown Denver.
The police are targeting
the open air drug market.
This small park is a hub
of drug activity and soon
there’s another
deal in progress.
RADIO VOICE: Left here …
NARRATOR: The arrest
team moves in again.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: Couple
of rocks, maybe $20 total.
Let’s say it’s broke in
half so maybe two tens.
NARRATOR: And again.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: They were
together and then that one guy
took off, may have done the
deal for him, gave him the $20.
NARRATOR: And again.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: I got him,
Sarge 24 they’re taking him
into custody.
NARRATOR: Minutes after
the police unit leaves,
the open air drug
market resumes.
JASON BREST: To all
these people driving by,
the citizens of Denver, makes
it appear like we’re not doing
anything about it when
we’re down here constantly
and they just keep coming back.
It’s like they don’t care.
NARRATOR: Denver police asked
us not to name the park,
to discourage dealers and
users from frequenting it.
JASON BREST: What we do on
Dope Day is buy-busts all day.
We’re just going out getting
street level dealers,
buying dope and arresting
them on the spot.
NARRATOR: The unit moves to
another corners of Downtown
right by the state’s capital.
It’s a one-stop
shop drug market.
Sergeant Bedenbender is
overseeing this operation.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: The park is
known pretty much everything
from marijuana to heroin
to cocaine to meth.
NARRATOR: The surveillance
teams observe the action
from a distance as the
informant goes in to buy drugs.
JASON BREST: And it looks like
this is gonna be our guy.
NARRATOR: The informant
gives the agreed signal.
JASON BREST: He’s
giving it to her.
NARRATOR: The woman is
what they call a ‘middler’.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: Middlers,
oh, they’re just users,
they’re just looking for a
little bit of shaving off
the rock, and they’ll be
charged accordingly just as if
they were a drug dealer.
So it doesn’t matter to us
that you’re just getting a bump
off it.
RADIO VOICE: We’ve gotta make
the call, let’s go, guys,
let’s move.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: See the
officer’s got the female.
They got the female right there.
RADIO VOICE: Right on him now.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER:
Those two right there.
NARRATOR: The other arrest
team gets the dealer.
RADIO VOICE: John’s
got the right guy
NARRATOR: It is part of a much
bigger cat and mouse game
the Denver police are
engaged in on a daily basis.
DENNIS BEDENBENDER: There’s
a relationship there.
They know the game, you know,
that we’re coming out here
to try and put a dent in
narcotics activity in the area.
NARRATOR: Denver’s trying
to keep drug activity off
the streets to make them
safer for locals and visitors.
MATT BROWN: Please, please,
please do not do anything that
will ruin this for the next
group of tourists or certainly
will get anybody in trouble
with the State of Colorado.
NARRATOR: A major tourist
destination for decades,
the city now has a
whole new group of fans,
who are here for one thing.
For Matt Brown’s pot
tourists the first stop
is a welcome party.
The highlight the latest
stoner craze consuming butane
extracted cannabis oil
known as dabbing, so potent,
it’s like smoking a
whole joint in one hit.
JJ: One rip of that and it gets
you good for a couple of hours.
We kinda regulates
who’s kinda doing what.
TOURIST: Yes, I’m
from New Zealand.
NARRATOR: Like any new business,
the 4-20 Cannabis Tour still
has some details to hash out.
MATT BROWN: Our plans are
changing by the minute.
Tours that we had locked in
facilities three weeks ago,
this morning decided absolutely
no how, no way so we’re having
to kind of scramble and
figure out replacement tours.
NARRATOR: The pot tourists on
the bus don’t seem to mind
as long as they get
their next puff.
Denver’s marijuana Green
Rush was what attracted Cole
and Schuyler to the city.
COLE: I moved out here the
second time because I had a job
waiting for me at a grow.
NARRATOR: Working in the weed
business they earn fast money,
and the spent it
getting high on heroin.
SCHUYLER: Almost every single
person we know uses heroin.
A lot of them though they don’t
necessarily have to shoot it.
You know, they can smoke enough
to get high and feel good.
NARRATOR: Soon their
addiction took over.
They lost their jobs and
they’re now homeless.
Addicts like 23 year old
Schuyler and Cole are after dope
that keeps them high longer.
In Denver, the better quality
heroin is known as ‘Pager Dope’.
COLE: We are hooked up with
someone that has a number.
There’s these names that,
you know, they go by,
and you call their number …
NARRATOR: The Mexican networks
use this system to sell their
more expensive heroin, taking
drug sales away from the street
corners.
COLE: Someone
answers the phone …
SCHUYLER: Someone answers
who goes by an alias.
COLE: And then you tell them
where they’re at and they send
out a driver …
NARRATOR: To pay for the drugs,
Cole and Schulyer are always
looking to make a quick buck.
Selling stolen goods is part of
their endless struggle chasing
the next hit.
COLE: I’ve boosted batteries and
sold ’em here and I’ve stolen
money from parking boxes.
I’ve done returns at stores,
anything I can do to make money,
you know.
I’m gonna walk around
this parking lot here,
then I’m gonna walk up to
people, they’re in their cars,
getting out their cars,
whatever, and be like:
Excuse me, Miss, do
you need batteries?
Three bucks apiece,
two for five.
I’m gonna sell this whole
bag, lots of batteries.
No investment
100 percent return.
I’ve got change
if you need it …
NARRATOR: Cole needs to sell
fast before he gets caught
by police.
COLE: Three a piece or
two for five for five…
Anybody need any batteries?
Three bucks apiece,
two for five. Do a deal.
NARRATOR: Cole is desperate
to make some money to pay
for his heroin before he
goes into withdrawal.
COLE: I’ll give you
a deal, seven bucks.
Do you need some doubles?
Come back here tomorrow.
NARRATOR: And it
doesn’t take long.
COLE: Sixty-five dollars. How
long? About 15/20 minutes.
It was nonstop sales.
NARRATOR: With $65 Cole and
Schuyler are ready to call
a dealer.
COLE: Schuyler’s gonna meet him,
so I’m giving him 60 bucks,
he’s gonna get us
four bags of black.
I don’t ever feel that sick
when I got money in my pocket
and on my way to the dealer.
SCHUYLER: Yeah.
NARRATOR: Pager dope
distribution in Denver operates
very much like pizza delivery,
running heroin from one end
of town to the other.
SCHUYLER: He’ll usually
tell me a general area,
I’ll start heading that way.
When I get close, call up again
and he’ll give me the exact
intersection. Okay.
You’ll be there soon?
Okay, I’ll be there in
like a minute or two. Right.
NARRATOR: Schuyler’s got the
cash ready when the dealer’s car
shows up.
SCHUYLER: They … they send a
driver out to you usually in
a very kind of like nondescript
car, they never ride, you know,
in anything flashy.
NARRATOR: Moments later he
returns with the drugs.
SCHUYLER: He’s just holding
them in his mouth so that way
if we were to get pulled over
… he would not have to then
put them in his mouth and look
weird to the cop.
NARRATOR: It’s been four hours
since their last dose and Cole
needs his fix now.
COLE: We’re gonna go up here
and cook this up really quick.
SCHUYLER: I … I never
really got the whole,
er … when people say that
they’re addicted to the needle
until recently … I love it.
COLE: Once you cook it once
you have to always cook it.
I muscle it because
I don’t have veins.
Ow! Never done that before!
When you push it in certain
muscles it burns like a BLEEP.
It’s more just like maintenance,
daily maintenance, you know.
Just staying well.
Not being sick.
NARRATOR: By the afternoon
they’ll need to score again.
Their middle class families
have now cut them off.
COLE : We’re not gonna be doing
this forever and I don’t plan
on it.
I don’t really have, I kind
of have plans to stop soon.
NARRATOR: The Mexican drug gangs
are aggressively pushing heroin
and other hard
drugs into Denver.
They’re the ones standing to
lose most from the shrinking
illegal drug market.
SILENT HUNTER: The legalization
of marijuana in Colorado has
affected Mexico already
But not like it’s going to
in the years to come
NARRATOR: The availability of
high quality Colorado cannabis
has meant a collapse in demand
for cheap Mexican brick weed.
SILENT HUNTER: Marijuana’s
very low down on the chain.
In volume and weight cocaine,
heroin, err meth I mean,
they’re worth more than gold
NARRATOR: Silent Hunter spent
the majority of the last two
decades as a major drug dealer
and trafficker.
SILENT HUNTER: I looked around
and realized I don’t know one
successful drug dealer Because
that’s not the way it works
The way it works is, you go to
prison or you die
NARRATOR: Now he uses his inside
knowledge to help
law enforcement infiltrate
drug organizations.
SILENT HUNTER: I come in as a
prospective buyer who wants
to buy large amounts of
methamphetamine or heroin
The goal there is to get to the
source and not actually
the low level guys
NARRATOR: Law enforcement uses
informants like him to penetrate
sophisticated
distribution operations.
And with heroin
flooding the city,
Denver’s narcotics detectives
have their hands full.
BRETT STARNES: This little
investigation started, er,
Civic Center Park area where
we arrested an individual
for selling heroin.
Information was developed from
that individual which led us
to another individual which
we took that person off.
That person led us to Nico.
NARRATOR: Undercover detective
Bred Starnes has had a dealer
who calls himself Nico under
surveillance for several days.
BRETT STARNES: As everybody gets
in the area just let me know
when you’re set up and ready.
NARRATOR: Nico’s gang is part
of a system that sets up local
franchises to
distribute pager dope.
BRETT STARNES: They can take an
ounce of heroin and repackage it
and double or even make
more money than that.
NARRATOR: The sky rocketing
demand for heroin is fuelled
by rising prescription drug
abuse, especially painkillers.
BRETT STARNES: A lot of the
individuals that are using
the heroin have claimed
opiate addiction.
It’s cheaper for them to come
out and buy 20/$40 worth of
heroin than OxyContin
when they’ve been cut off
their script.
NARRATOR: The narcotics team
is setting up for a buy-bust
operation.
BRETT STARNES: CI’s gonna
go in and make the purchase
and come back out.
If he sees that Nico has a large
quantity of heroin we’ll take
him off.
The bad guy here told
our guy that,
er, he’s going to get more dope,
to wait here for five minutes.
NARRATOR: When Nico, their
target, shows up for the deal
with the informant, the
narcotics team is waiting
to strike.
BRETT STARNES: There’s
a meeting taking place.
RADIO VOICE: CI is walking over
the embankment on the south side
RADIO VOICE: Looks like there’s
been an exchange They’re walking
together back towards Federal
NARRATOR: The dealer, Nico, has
just sold black tar heroin
balloons to a police informant.
The detectives are
ready to move in.
BRETT STARNES: He’s walking
southbound in front
of the restaurant. He’s getting
his phone out. Visual’s good.
The visual’s good, guys.
There they go.
NARRATOR: Nico is caught
selling six balloons of heroin.
RADIO VOICE: … that
guy in the black …
BRETT STARNES: He made $180
with the heroin right there,
on that little sale.
I mean he’s doing more
than several times a day.
He’s making pretty good
living for a two minute
conversation, he makes $180.
NARRATOR: The so-called
dope pagers like Nico,
are keeping Denver
narcotics detectives busy.
They conduct dozens of
operations like this.
BRETT STARNES: Basically
it’s like emptying the ocean
with a bucket.
You know, you go out there
and you do this and yet
there’s already way more
than that coming back in.
NARRATOR: As the Mexican cartels
shift sales of black tar heroin
into high gear, the constant
stream of illegal immigrants
like Nico provide them with
a cheap disposable workforce.
At the Denver County Jail the
23 year old from Honduras
is settling in, waiting
for his deportation.
NICO: One friend he called
me, he told me to come here,
it’s like, it’s a good business
here, you know that drugs,
drug trafficking.
NARRATOR: Lured by the
possibility of making big money,
he says he left his construction
job in Atlanta after almost
four years to join
a friend in Denver.
NICO: And he told me I
buy the stuff from Mexico,
I cut it in little pieces and
I go to the block and sell
and sell those pieces for
like 10 bucks or 20, $20.
NARRATOR: His friend gave him
a quick introduction to the
business before sending him out
to the park to sell black tar
heroin balloons.
NICO: That first day when I come
here I just, I just sell $8.
The next day I sell almost
$80, so I start like.
I start like that.
One day the first
customer I have,
he come and ask me for a phone
number and I give him my phone
number.
NARRATOR: After only a few days
he moved from street dealing
to page doping.
NICO: At the beginning I have
like a five customers so
I don’t sell too much, but
those guys bring me another one,
another one, so at the end I
was selling like, er, like 700,
600/$700 every day.
My, um, ganancia is like
at least 100 percent,
at least 100 percent, you know.
So if I sell 900,
mine is like $450.
NARRATOR: His easy money
making days didn’t last long.
Police arrested Nico only
a couple of months after
he started out.
The arrest had little effect
on the drug trafficking ring
he was part of.
NICO: They need new
people all the time.
Many people is
arrested every day.
Someone else has my
place you know, also,
so it that doesn’t matter
if you get arrested.
NARRATOR: In a matter of days
another dealer had his client
list and number.
And even when dealers
like Nico get caught,
the structure of the network
keeps the bosses well insulated
from the hands of the law.
While the big players in the
drug business are shifting away
from marijuana, a whole new
generation of pot entrepreneurs
are moving in.
BOSTON: Came out here to take
advantage of a good opportunity
with the flexibility of
the weed laws out here.
I see a product that
I can exploit …
… I found a market
for and I can explore.
If that makes me an
entrepreneur, yeah,
but pot’s the only
thing I wanna do.
I’d rather consider
myself a farmer.
NARRATOR: A third generation
of a big crime family from the
north-east, Boston has been a
street hustler his entire life
with a résumé that includes
selling dope all across
the United State.
BOSTON: Back home weed’s
25/$30 a gram on the street.
Out here I can get away with
growing it and I can keep my
production around $4 a gram
and then quadruple my money
by bringing it back home.
NARRATOR: With quality weed
selling on the East Coast for
as much as cocaine, he packed
up and came to Denver earlier
this year, setting up shop
in a trailer park in one
of the suburbs.
BOSTON: I put a team out here.
I got people running,
working the local area,
plus I have people that
I work out of state with,
so everything I grow is usually
gone right away and I have
enough work to keep four
people employed and happy.
NARRATOR: With Colorado caught
between legalizing marijuana
and implementing the
regulations around it,
Boston has found the perfect
loophole to operate in.
BOSTON: I mean weed’s on the
cusp of being legal come January
1st, so I’m pretty sure the cops
don’t wanna come out and waste
their time.
NARRATOR: Until then, Boston
is busy growing his profitable
enterprise.
BOSTON: Let’s go inside
and I’ll show you my babies
that I got growing right now.
Behind this curtain is
where I make my money.
NARRATOR: Boston grows illegal
marijuana far away from
the eyes of the police.
BOSTON: The laws in this state
are so lax that I can go get
thousands of dollars’ worth of
the best pot growing equipment
just by driving over to
the store and buying it.
NARRATOR: He takes pride in
cultivating his high quality
buds.
BOSTON: Weed might be called
weed, but it’s a flower,
and it’s very very
easy to mess up.
This is a pre-1998 superskunk.
It’s a strong sativa.
It’s more of a heady high.
This one right here
is a Cinderella 99.
Now this one went into
flowering yesterday.
This one is a Fireberry OG kush.
We call ’em ‘ in the couch’ cos
that’s usually where you end up
when you smoke mine anyway.
Y’all actually showed up at a
good time because I gotta trim
these plants today.
NARRATOR: Once harvested, the
money making buds are packed
ready to be shipped to his
contacts on the East Coast.
BOSTON: This is a small batch
of Durban Poison right here.
If I get rid of it
between Tennessee,
West Virginia and North Carolina
I can get about $300 to $350
an ounce for it.
If I take it up to the
north-east like New Hampshire
and Massachusetts I can get
between 480 and 560 an ounce.
Take a bunch of coffee.
NARRATOR: He has found a way
to exploit every legal means
to support his illegal
weed export business.
BOSTON: The coffee hides the
smell fantastically well.
Nobody’s gonna smell this,
because it is coffee.
It’s America, right.
It’s whatever the
hell I say it is.
Capitalism, baby, love you.
Now … just gonna put some tape
right around the top, I mail it.
Never get caught. And you
go to FedEx. It works.
It’s cheaper out here, trust me.
NARRATOR: He’s even
keeping the receipts.
BOSTON: And this one right here
was for $400 bag of coffee.
I tell you, I make the
best coffee on the planet,
wake you right up,
or put you to sleep,
depending on which
kind you want.
NARRATOR: Boston, and
his partner Vegas,
are determined to make a profit
on every part of the plant.
BOSTON: This is literally every
bit of trim that I cut off them
plants.
NARRATOR: His line of products
includes high quality hash.
BOSTON: Gonna make some
bubble hash for y’all.
Put your ice in here, your
water in here and we’re about
to turn this into money.
Nothing can go to
waste, absolutely not.
That’s all money and we don’t
waste money around here.
NARRATOR: The sieving system
ensures the purity of the hash.
BOSTON: You can see the oil
floating around in the water.
The oil is all the THC
that was squeezed out.
NARRATOR: To meet the high
demand for his exports,
Boston supplements his home
grown weed by buying some of
the excess that comes from the
medical marijuana suppliers.
BOSTON: I know a few people that
work out the back door of some
dispensary.
I can get my hand on some, some
good quality stuff just to keep
me afloat until my
next harvest comes in.
Is that a customer?
VEGAS: Yeah.
NARRATOR: He is
racing against time.
Once the new laws go into effect
his Denver sales will be facing
some serious competition.
BOSTON: I truly don’t want
marijuana to become legal like
alcohol.
I like where it is right
now in the medical state,
because all you guys that can’t
get it medically have to buy it
from me and I want
all of your money.
NARRATOR: For the pot tourists
who are here to explore Denver
as the US capital of weed,
the idea of a legal grow house
is hard to imagine.
But in Denver it’s an industry
worth over $100 million.
MATT: We are on our way to the
cultivation facility. Oh yeah!
You are going to get to see some
plants in a Colorado licensed
medical marijuana facility.
NARRATOR: It’s a marijuana
lover’s dream come true.
TABBY: This is beautiful.
This is nature at its
finest straight here.
Like you can’t get any
better than this right here.
This is something that not
everybody gets to see.
NARRATOR: Denver is already
famous for producing some of the
stoniest cannabis in the world.
Now with pot going legit,
veterans of the medical
marijuana industry are first to
jump in to the new Green Rush.
Tripp Keber is the face
of weed going corporate.
He is a business man,
not a pot connoisseur.
This extremely concentrated
cannabis oil could turn him
into a very rich man.
TRIPP KEBER: I’ve been
referred to as a Ganjapreneur;
I’ve been referred to
as the King of Cannabis.
I’ve been referred to as
the Willy Wonka of weed.
NARRATOR: Tripp Keber is making
a big bet on the legalization
of marijuana.
His company produces
cannabis infused edibles.
TRIPP KEBER: I have PhD food
scientists; I have biochemists;
professionally trained chefs.
I have mechanical engineers.
NARRATOR: The investors behind
him are pouring their money
into weed.
TRIPP KEBER: This is a very
very heavily concentrated,
likely between 75
and 85 percent THC.
This represents probably in
excess of 100 plus thousand
dollars in value in
finished product.
NARRATOR: Tripp’s business plan
is to take home made edibles
into mass production.
TRIPP KEBER: Anybody
can make a pot brownie.
We manufacture thousands of
widgets each and every day
that have to have the same
consistency and the same
strength.
We’re currently producing
some medicated Dixie rolls.
It’s basically a chocolate
confection that is infused
with cannabis oil.
NARRATOR: Tripp protects
his THC treasure like gold.
TRIPP KEBER: We have a vault
that would rival most banks
here in the state of Colorado.
We have in excess of $50,000 in
audio and video surveillance
along with alarm systems.
NARRATOR: Behind tight security
he is preparing to showcase
his products in the
upcoming Cannabis Cup,
what many consider to
be the Pot Olympics.
TRIPP KEBER: We have here a 75
milligram sparking redcurrant.
NARRATOR: The safe looking
sodas pack a punch.
TRIPP KEBER: I had never
experienced any of our products
first hand and I tried to
consume a 22 milligram.
The first 15 to 20 minutes,
um, was pleasant and certainly
followed by some
giggles and euphoria.
The next four hours was actually
a very very long afternoon.
4-20 RADIO DJ: On
4-20 Radio.org,
I’m Radical Russ bringing
you live coverage here.
This is the first US Cannabis
Cup where everyone can enjoy,
you don’t even have to be sick.
NARRATOR: This year’s Cannabis
Cup in Denver is Tripp’s big
chance to introduce his products
to a new market recreational
pot users.
TRIPP KEBER: We’ve a mint line.
So very, very
socially acceptable.
Obviously you could
carry this in your purse.
Our award winning last year,
High Times Medicated Chocolate
Truffle. You would
have a ID card
NARRATOR: The latest edition
in his marketing arsenal …
TRIPP KEBER: to track your
biometrics is a double layer
of security.
NARRATOR: … a marijuana
vending machine.
TRIPP KEBER: And then it
will automatically select
the appropriate bay.
It is absolutely
slick technology.
I just did a demo of it.
MAN: It’s fantastic.
TRIPP KEBER: But I envision
will be involved somehow
in the distribution of it.
NARRATOR: It looks like
any other trade show,
but this event is dedicated to
celebrating a new business era
of legal weed.
Ten thousand marijuana
enthusiasts each pay $150
for the opportunity to see the
latest technology and innovation
in the field.
But for old school stoners like
Tabby Rodriguez and Angel Ocasio
it’s a bit too much.
ANGEL: It ain’t like to good old
days when you just plant a seed
and let it grow and just
break it, like pick it …
TABBY: It’s pretty
scientific …
ANGEL: and then just smoke it.
TABBY: It’s really scientific
… Doctor Green Thumb
stuff going on, you know.
ANGEL: I’m like: what the hell?
Does it smoke good? Yes.
Okay, thank you. Resolved.
TABBY: Does the high last long?
Yes. All right.
NARRATOR: But no-one knows if
Denver’s era of legal highs
is here to last.
MAN: Okay. Does it go too quick
NARRATOR: Because according
to Federal law, cannabis
entrepreneurs are still
drug dealers.
TRIPP KEBER: Today we have 20
states that offer some form
of medical cannabis.
We have another 11 states that
are considering some form of
valid initiative.
Where’s the tipping
point, you know?
Eventually it’s gonna come and
I think the Federal Government
is gonna have to make a stance.
NARRATOR: On the other side
of town in Civic Center Park,
thousands are making a stand.
Matt’s pot tourists are on
their way to join them for
the highlight of their weekend.
MAN ON STAGE: I say
four, you say 20 four.
NARRATOR: They are here for
Denver’s annual smoke up.
At 4.20 in the afternoon
marijuana fans around the world
light up to celebrate April
20th as International Weed Day.
It’s pot history in the making.
TABBY: This is one of those
once in a lifetime things.
And to be, you know, doing what
we’re doing, there are no words.
Happy 4-20.
NARRATOR: For some, it’s an
opportunity to get high.
And for others to cash
in on high demand.
MAN: Three thousand.
Don’t get my face in there.
TABBY: The atmosphere is
awesome. The vibe is amazing.
It’s definitely majorly crowded.
I thought it was gonna be really
cool but I didn’t think it would
be this, this magnitude.
This is insane.
NARRATOR: Forty minutes later
the park is a very different
scene.
MAN ON STAGE: Oh no, BLEEP
are shooting. Right now I say.
NARRATOR: A fight between gang
members escalates and gunfire
interrupts the celebrations.
The 4-20 rally turns
into a massive stampede.
Police units that kept away
are now pursuing the shooter
and paramedics rush in to
help the three injured.
MATT: There was one batch of
gunshots whether it was six
or eight, I don’t know,
but they emptied the clip,
pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.
NARRATOR: Matt Brown, the
new Pot Tour entrepreneur,
is seeing his business hopes
crashing in front of his eyes.
MATT: All day long
all we were saying was:
How incredible this has been.
We didn’t need this.
Now look at this, look at this,
we’re coming down the street
… there’s 12 SWAT team guys
hanging out on the outside
of an SUV.
They were there just
to sit around and celebrate
the fact that they
could sit around.
This is now 4-20,
2013 in Denver.
NARRATOR: The mile high city is
the new United States capital
of weed. As it experiments
with legalization,
putting it in direct conflict
with Federal law there will be
winners and losers.
Denver’s new relaxed marijuana
policies are changing
the illicit drug business
and opening up a world
of opportunities for those
willing to risk exploiting them.

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