GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Marijuana has been legal in Colorado for five years. For some it's been a great thing, others don't think so, and the state is still figuring it out.
Colorado went green, passing Amendment 64 and allowing the retail sale and possession of marijuana starting in 2014. Now, the state is seeing what has changed in Colorado since then.
Growth in population and economy have been just one side effect. In 2018, 5.6 million people called Colorado home, up from 5 million in 2010. In May 2018, there were more than 3,000 licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado, most in the Denver area. There has been an increase in dispensaries on the Western Slope. Tumbleweed, a dispensary, has grown from just one, to eight locations.
"I truly believe it's been spectacular," said Mark Smith, Tumbleweed. "It's obvious that the business has expanded and the acceptance of marijuana has expanded.”
The state report said tax revenue jumped from a little more than $67 million in 2014 to $247 million in 2017, that's more than a 266 percent jump. More numbers have gone up, like illegal cultivation on public land, which increased by 73 percent.
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