It’s been a year since Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and CBC’s Reg Sherren travelled to Denver to see how some $1 billion US in sales has impacted the state’s capital.
The city, which has a population of about 650,000, has more than 60 marijuana outlets, which sell different hybrids of the drug as well as cookies, creams, pipes and T-shirts. Just a decade ago, it was illegal to sell alcohol on a Sunday but now anyone 21 years or older is allowed to purchase marijuana.
As more tourists are drawn to experience the city’s marijuana culture, thousands of jobs have been created, including a cannabis critic for the local paper.
Police officers were worried when Amendment 64 first passed, a Denver police officer tells Sherren, but that fear turned out to be unfounded.
“We found there hasn’t been much of a change of anything,” he said. “Basically, officers aren’t seeing much of a change in how they do police work.”
– Read the entire article at CBC News.