Comment of the Day

Reader: Colorado Is Still the Best Medical Marijuana State and Here's Why

A new Gallup poll found that 58 percent of respondents favor marijuana legalization.

Moreover, a national cannabis activist thinks Colorado deserves much of the credit thanks to the way the medical and recreational systems were rolled out.

Many of our Facebook friends agree, including the following reader, who feels that the MMJ rules and regulations established by Colorado continue to set a standard that many other states that have okayed medical cannabis have yet to reach.

Here's his take.

Nate Mulder writes:
Having lived in a few states with legal medical marijuana, I can attest that Colorado is the best among them. California has no taxes on weed, and all shops must remain non-profit. This isn't terrible, but that state is missing out on lots of money, and therefore incentives to keep the program running smoothly. Michigan has legal medical marijuana, but it refuses to allow almost any dispensaries to exist, so it's still a black market there. Colorado set up regulations, set up departments to oversee the industry, and gave everyone a fighting chance for survival. It approached legal marijuana with common sense and without falling victim to Reefer Madness-inspired fears or alcohol-lobby bribes (Washington's marijuana industry is regulated by the Alcohol Control Board, no chance for political moneyed persuasion there).

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