More than five years after the state decriminalized recreational marijuana, our sweeping mountain vistas, legendary recreational opportunities, world-class cities and great amenities are no longer the only draws for out-of-state guests. (It’s OK to admit why you’re really here… we’ve heard it before.)
But here’s the deal: When we legalized the state’s green giant, we also gave local governments the right to decide whether they were going to permit retail sales within their boundaries. Different communities naturally responded differently. Colorado Springs and El Paso County nixed the idea, whereas their neighbors to the north (Denver), west (Manitou Springs) and south (Pueblo) embraced the industry with varying degrees of enthusiasm.