COLORADO: After years of fighting for the legalization of marijuana, Cheyenne Fox and her parents were thrilled when Amendment 64 was passed in 2012, making their home state, Colorado, among the first to allow pot to be sold legally for recreational purposes.
This also meant the family’s Denver-based business, 3D Dispensary, where Cheyenne, 21, is currently general manager, could shift from selling only to customers with state-approved diagnoses to anyone who likes to get high. Currently, 20 states have medicinal marijuana laws, but Cheyenne, who will graduate with a BA in marketing this June and plans to grow the family business, hopes every state follows Colorado’s lead.
I grew up in a cannabis-friendly household. Since I was 5, my house smelled funny, and my parents were always happy. My dad has used it medicinally since the early ‘80s. He was in a bodybuilding competition and broke a disk in his back. Doctors wanted to fuse it together, which meant possibly never walking again. My dad decided against the operation and started using cannabis for pain relief. My stepmother has used it as a mild anxiety reliever for years now.
For her, it is the best way to unwind at night. So both wanted to open the dispensary. My stepmom had a prior business before, selling custom waterfalls, so she’s the CEO, whereas my dad is a consultant. He has a Ph.D. in horticulture and oversees all the growing.