[Guest post by DRJ]
On Thursday, Chris Bartkowicz was living the dream as he ran a “large and profitable medical-marijuana-growing operation in his basement” in a Denver suburb:
“On Thursday night, 9News promoted a story about Bartkowicz’s operation, and on Friday morning, Bartkowicz was featured in a 9News story posted to its website and published in The Denver Post. The story was to air on television Friday night. He told the station he serves as a caregiver to a number of medical-marijuana patients and hoped to turn a profit this year in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I’m definitely living the dream now,” Bartkowicz told 9News.”
On Friday, Bartkowicz was arrested by federal authorities on drug charges:
“Along with the raid, Jeffrey Sweetin, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special agent in charge of the Denver office, sent a message to anyone involved in Colorado’s increasingly profitable medical-marijuana industry.
“It’s still a violation of federal law,” Sweetin said. “It’s not medicine. We’re still going to continue to investigate and arrest people.”
Bartkowicz will be spending the long President’s Day weekend in jail awaiting arraignment, although he may get to see himself on the local news reports.