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Marijuana security off-limits for Denver cops

6:09 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Denver Police officers won't be allowed to take off-duty security gigs at the city's marijuana dispensaries.

The Denver Post reports Thursday that the department sent the pot moonlighting order as the city prepares for recreational sales as soon as Jan. 1.

The newspaper reports that 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.

Private businesses pay uniformed officers about $45 an hour to stand armed guard.

Until last week Denver police had no written policy about secondary employment at medical marijuana businesses. But a spokesman says officers never provided such security at medical-marijuana shops.

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