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The chronic-le, February, 2016

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The chronic-le, February, 2016
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10 Medical Dispensaries 30
A comprehensive guide to the state’s medical marijuana centers.
Pot by the Numbers 38
Denver releases a study on the effects oflegalization.
By Thomas Mitchell
Recreational Dispensaries 52 Putting Pot on Pause
A comprehensive guide to the Denver officials want to extend state’s recreational marijuana themoratoriumonnewmarijuana centers. businesses.
By Thomas Mitchell
■early two dozen states have legalized marijuana for medical use; four states now allow the sale of recreational cannabis to adults — and many more states are considering doing the same. Nevada already has a measure that would legalize pot on its November ballot, California is in the process of craftingits own initiative, and Vermont’s governor may allow legislators to make the move without even taking a vote to the people.
But still, Colorado was the first place in the country with stores that actually sold legal recreational marijuana, and as a result, people are forever looking here for an idea of what will happen if pot is legalized in their own states. “It is the elephant in the room,” says Cathy
Ritter, the new state tourism head, who moved here from Illinois. “Everyone does want to know about the impact of marijuana in Colorado.” To satisfy the cannabis-curious, here’s a handy list of the top ten things you can expect once marijuana is legalized where you live.
10. When you tell people outside of your state where you are from, the first — and perhaps only — thing they will want to talk about is marijuana.
9. Warehouses in the least desirable parts of town — and in the state’s least desirable towns — will suddenly look very attractive to ganjapreneurs looking for places to grow marijuana.
8. These parts of town will suddenly start smelling rather skunky.
7. Wary publishers will think twice about mailing out of state any publications that contain advertising for marijuana businesses: Remember, the Postal Service is a federal agency (if one that moves slower than an excessive cannabis consumer).
6. You will never look at a brownie again
without asking if it is “special.”
5. Exactly zero children will be given pot edibles when they are trick-or-treating.
4. Once teenagers see their parents with pot, they will realize that marijuana is not cooL.and their parents will realize it’s time to update the Cheech and Chong lingo.
3. You will hear a lot of jokes about your state on late-night television. (Granted, comics had a head start with “Rocky Mountain High” Colorado.)
2. While boosters may downplay the effect that legalized marijuana has on tourism, you will suddenly hear from college friends and relatives who haven’t connected with you in years and now want to drop by for a visit...and maybe a tour of local pot shops?
1. Within a few months of legalization, longtime residents — meaning anyone who moved to your state within the past three years — will be blaming pot for inspiring everyone else to move there, too.
Those accusations have certainly surfaced in Colorado, though no one has yet come up with proof that pot is responsible for the influx of transplants. After all, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of other reasons to move here; people have been finding them for more than 150 years. O
The Chronicle is published by Westword, 969 Broadway, Denver CO 80203; the contents are copyright 2016 by Voice Media Group.
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.. " ......... 10 Medical D is pensa ries 30 Pot by the Numbers 38 Recreational D i spensaries 52 Putting Po t on Pause A comprehensive guide to Denver releases a study A comprehensive guide to the Denver officials want to exte nd the state ' s medical marion theeffectsoflegalization . state ' s recreational marijuana themoratoriumonnewmariju ana juana centers . By Thomas Mitchell centers. businesses . early two dozen states have legalized marijuana for medical use; four states now allow the sale of recre ational cannabis to adults and many more states are considering doing the same. Nevada already has a measure that would legalize pot on its November ballot , California is in the process of crafting its own initiative , and Vermont ' s governor may allow legislators to make the move without even taking a vote to the people. But still, Colorado was the first place in the country with stores that actually so l d legal recreational marijuana , and as a result, people are forever looking here for an idea of what will happen if pot is legalized in their own states. "It is the elephant in the room," says Cathy Ritter, the new state tourism head, who moved here from Illinois. "Everyone does want to know about the impact of marijuana in Colorado. " To satisfy the cannabis-curious, here's a handy list of the top ten things you can expect once marijuana is legalized where you live. 10. When you tell people outside of your state where you are from , the first -and perhaps only -thing they will want to talk about is marijuana. 9. Warehouses in the least desirab l e parts of town and in the state's least desirable towns will suddenly look very attractive to ganjapreneurs looking for places to grow marijuana. 8. These parts of town will suddenly start smelling rather skunky. Z Wary publishers will think twice about mailing out of state any publica tions that contain advertising for marijuana businesses: Remember, the Postal Service is a fed eral agency (if one that moves slower than an excessive cannabis con-sumer). 6. You will never look at a brownie again By Thomas Mitchell Ten things that happen when you legalize pot. a, l'al .. icia tlalll••• without asking if it is "special . " 5. Exactly zero children will be given pot edib l es when they are trick or-treating. 4. Once teenagers see their parents with pot, they will realize that marijuana is not cool...and their parents will real ize it's time to update the Cheech and Chong lingo. 3. You will hear a lot of jokes about your state on late-night television. (Granted, comics had a head start with "Rocky Mo u ntain High" Colorado.) 2. While boosters may downplay the effec t that legalized marijuana has on tourism, you will suddenly hear from college friends and relatives who haven ' t connected with you in years and now want to drop by for a visit...and maybe a to u r oflocal pot shops? l. Within a few months of legaliza tion, l ongtime residents-meaning anyone who moved to your state within the past three years will be blaming pot for inspiring everyone e l se to move there, too. Those accusations have certainly surfaced in Colorado, though no one has yet come up with proof that pot is responsible for the influx of transplants. After all , it's not like there aren't plenty of other reasons to move here; peopl e have been finding them for more than lSOyears . 0 The Chronicle is published by Westward, 969 Broadway, Denver CO 80203; the contents are copyright 2016 by Voice Media Group. 6 T II E c H R 0 N I c L E F E 8 R u A R y 2 0 1 6 I WESTWORD.COM