Marijuana culture clash in Colorado becomes national business story

The booming medical marijuana industry in Colorado has made a noise loud enough to be heard in the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal, which looks at the business of pot in this square state on page one today.

"In Mile High City, Weed Sparks Up a Counterculture Clash" focuses on the push and pull between small-scale, mom-and-pop dispensaries and larger, tonier operations. Unsurprisingly, the Journal seems more comfortable with the latter, sniffing with disdain about operations that are "dingy and cramped, with bars on the windows, psychedelic posters on the walls and a generally furtive feel." That's probably why an accompanying slideshow is dominated by shots from ultra-professional enterprises such as Apothecary of Colorado and Lotus Medical, where our Joel Warner was photographed for an Associated Press story about Westword's decision to hire a medical marijuana reviewer.

Yes, the Journal notes our critic search in the new piece, although it fails to mention that we hired not one by two writers to work this beat. Learn more about William Breathes and The Wildflower Seed by clicking here, and find Breathes' latest Mile Highs and Lows analysis, of Pride in Medicine, right here. The folks at Journal didn't make it to this particular dispensary, but give them time.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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