COLORADO: Here’s a scene you don’t see very often: a fundraiser for a symphony that’s a “BYOP” evening . . . as in, bring your own pot.
And how about this: friends getting together after work not just for drinks, but for pot and munchies.
In most places in the U.S., parties like these would be illegal. But we’re in Colorado, the first state in the nation to legalize sales of marijuana for recreational use.
There were parties all over Denver when the law allowing recreational pot passed in 2012, and lines stretched around the block on January 1, the first day of sales. Business has been booming ever since.
Tourists have been flocking to the state — an estimated 80,000 people were at a massive marijuana celebration in April. And believe it or not, there are now more pot shops in Denver than there are Starbucks.
But not everyone was eager to jump on the marijuana bandwagon, including the state’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper.