Denver officers banned from working security at pot shops

DENVER - When recreational-marijuana shops open on Jan. 1, Denver police officers will stand outside for crowd control but won't be allowed to step inside to provide off-duty security from within.

A departmental order issued this month bars Denver officers from moonlighting as security guards at marijuana shops while police officials observe how the burgeoning industry develops.

The legalization of recreational marijuana is posing many challenges for the police department as it drafts internal policy to deal with an industry that is still illegal federally.

"We're going to do everything we can to make sure those businesses are safe, but we're not going to work inside those businesses," said Sonny Jackson, a department spokesman. "It's a new industry and we're not sure what it's going to entail."

Denver officers earned about $10.6 million dollars between 2009 and 2012 working off-duty security jobs at venues such as bars, sporting events and even many liquor stores.

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