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Reader: Let the Young, Frozen Potheads Head to California!

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Jacqueline Collins
"Move Over, Colorado: California Opens for Retail Sales"

Westword archives
"Colorado Led the Way: Who'll Join the Legal Pot Club in 2018?"

Kate McKee Simmons
"Just 12 Percent of Colorado Tourists Use Marijuana"

Jonas Foyn Therkelsen
"John Hickenlooper Heads to California to Discuss Colorado's Marijuana Legislation"

According to USA Today, about ninety retail stores opened in California on January 1, about four times as many as opened in Colorado on January 1, 2014. Although Denver is known for having more dispensaries than Starbucks, the number of pot shops we have will pale in comparison to the number that will ultimately open in major metro areas in California, such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Most of Colorado's major cities — Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs — had already decided whether or not to allow retail pot sales by the time January 1, 2014, rolled around; a majority of them already had medical dispensaries. California is moving slower with vertical integration, but it will be massive when completed.

What do you think of the rollout in California? How will Colorado be affected? Post a comment or share your thoughts at [email protected]
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