Fantasizing About States Reopening: A Look At Colorado’s Cannabis Scene – And What’s Hot

By GoldLeaf’s Alfonso Colasuonno, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

In 2012, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis. Though officially authorized in 2012, the first cannabis shops in Colorado didn’t open their doors until 2014 after former Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order to create a task force dedicated to ironing out various policy concerns surrounding the sale and consumption of cannabis. January 2019 marked the fifth anniversary of legal cannabis sale in the state. 

As with alcohol, the minimum age to use cannabis starts at twenty-one and it’s best not to drive under the influence. DUI laws in Colorado are rather strict and local police are allowed to measure the amount of THC in your blood if they have probable cause that you’re driving under the influence. It’s also illegal to consume cannabis in public, in a parked car, or in certain hotels and restaurants. If you’re looking for cannabis-friendly accommodations, check out Airbnb and ask the host what their guest policies are before making reservations.

Colorado vs. The Others

On a global scale, very few countries, provinces, territories, and states allow for the legal consumption and sale of cannabis. Whether it’s for medicinal or recreational purposes, cannabis is still heavily stigmatized outside of Western Europe and North America.

Historically, Amsterdam became one of the first internationally-famous canna-tourism destinations due to its decades-long policy allowing for …

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