The windfall from Medicinal in Colorado Springs, my former home, is greatly appreciated under the breath of even the most conservative of politicians. The Colorado Springs Independent (similar to Scene, but more like FreeTimes) was the only advertising space to allow mmj advertising and it, almost single-handedly, kept the paper operating during the recession.
Recreational was largely passed because of the fact that agricultural hemp production was tied-in with the measure. You are allowed to grow 2 mature plants at a time and carry up to an ounce on your person. El Paso County CO major financial inputs are evangelical Christian, military, and tourism. Even with those demographics, the county voted for it by 10 VOTES, which is a landslide victory for the power of a citizens vote.
Add hemp production, form an innovative industry around cannabinoids, and you will have economic success through a creative class unlike our Midwestern or Eastern rival cities.
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