It had to happen. For the past year, Denver has been living up to its billing as the Mile High City, hitting new heights daily as the medical-marijuana business shows no signs of slowing down. And now, inevitably, The Daily Show has come to town to profile our booming dispensary industry.
The crew's mission is still top-secret -- although it involved a visit to the Westword office yesterday. But here's a clue from producer Miles Kahn, who previewed some of the action on Twitter. "Off to Denver in the morning," he tweeted Sunday. "Let's see, packed my underwear, my computer, my custom gas mask bong. All good."
So good, in fact, that ten hours later, he followed up with this: "Not for noting but I just breezed thru airport security with a prop homemade gast mask bong. Really, TSA? Nothing odd about that to you?"
Nothing odd about that here in Denver, where even a year ago no one would have predicted that the city would now have more than 250 dispensaries, with hundreds more planning to open.
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That over 65,000 people would have applied to the state for medical marijuana cards, with the wait to be processed now stretching more than six months.
And that The Daily Show would come to town to give the scene the treatment it deserves.
If you were writing the script for this segment, where would you send Jon Stewart's crew?