COLORADO: There’s a little something extra drifting through the Colorado air these days: Marijuana.
The lush, skunky smell of growing pot hangs heavy over certain sections of the Mile High City as dozens of legal indoor grow operations turn electricity, water and fertilizer into mature marijuana plants. Those grow houses inside unmarked warehouses fitted with security cameras, heavy-duty electrical connections and shiny new ventilation systems are helping meet the demand for legal marijuana.
Long confined to isolated areas far from prying eyes and sniffing noses, the marijuana industry has gone mainstream, and that you-can-smell-it presence has upset some people. This year, about 30% of the smell complaints coming into Denver’s code enforcement office are about the pot smell coming from the largely industrial areas away from most homes, schools and parks.