Photos: Will there be more armed dispensary robberies when recreational pot sales start?

Over the years, we've documented numerous medical marijuana dispensary robberies, with most taking place after hours and many of them inept -- like a 2012 heist that netted a broken scale and $8 from the karma jar. But a recent Longmont dispensary stick-up last week was scarier, featuring two masked gunmen who got away with nearly $11,000 in MMJ. Are law enforcers worried about more such crimes with recreational pot sales in the offing? A Boulder County sheriff's rep doesn't put it quite that way, but she makes it clear her office is prepping for the possibility.
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