(Video) Marijuana: If You Legalize It, Cartels Will Come

DENVER — An ongoing federal investigation is raising questions about the Colorado marijuana industry’s ties to illegal drug operations.

Widespread raids on Nov. 21 targeted more than a dozen dispensaries, warehouses, homes and grow operations. Agents are gathering evidence to prove Colombian drug cartels are coming to the state and are using the front of legal marijuana to make money illegally.

Since 2005 before medical marijuana was legal in Colorado, pot smuggling busts have increased 407%, according to an August report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which is connected to the White House National Office of Drug Control Policy.

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