Medical Marijuana Might Be Good for Business, but Schriever Air Force Base Won't Tolerate It

November 11 2010, 3:00 PM

In a message aimed at civilians who work for the Defense Department—and who just might have a prescription for medical marijuana and be carrying some—Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs wants to be clear about something: They will crack down. As Face the State reports, civilians found with weed will be escorted to the local police department for possible prosecution—regardless of Colorado's medical-marijuana law and even a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow medical marijuana at VA hospitals. 

As Schriever contends with the issue, Denver warehouses are filling up with green pot plants, leasing an estimated one million square feet of space for operations in the wake of a new law requiring dispensaries to grow 70 percent of what they sell, according to The Denver Post. And business is booming. The state has so far reaped more than $8 million in fees from medical-marijuana businesses this year, notes a separate article from Face the State. That's significantly more than licenses from alcoholic beverages and the division of real estate, as well as a slew of other revenue sources.