It's something of a heyday for marijuana lovers. Pew Research Center just released a poll showing that 52 percent of those contacted support the outright legalization of marijuana, the, ahem, highest amount ever. And in the face of some uncertainties — like the damning state audit showing the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division was irresponsible at best, and incompetent at worst — things seem to be looking pretty good in Colorado, too.
Sure, it's been a little frustrating that we're nearing the end of the 2013 legislative session, and so far all the state has done in the wake of the passage of Amendment 64 is send one task force's recommendations to a second task force. But it's coming along. And, yeah, center owners still don't know if they'll be able to offer both recreational and medical marijuana, or will be given first shot at licenses.
But at least these are options, meaning supporters can celebrate a statewide culture that's nurtured a growing creation and distribution system; where the creativity of infused-products know no bounds; and varied ways to partake — like the one detailed in our story here — keep coming along. And though, according to an April 5 report from the Associated Press, Colorado taxes on the substance may eventually exceed 30 percent, that's not all that unlike the "sin taxes" levied on other products like alcohol and cigarettes.
So, with all that in mind, enjoy this spring issue of ReLeaf, our guide to all things marijuana in the Pikes Peak region.
Social clubs could be the future, if they survive the next few monthsOut of the basement
From hand-rolled to hot-dabbed, let's hash it outA beginner's guide to cannabis concentrate
Spring/Summer 2013: MMJ Center ListingsA list of medical marijuana centers, with information on their top products, member specials and more.
Talking shop with members of the governor's marijuana task forceRiding shotgun on Route 64
Spring/Summer 2013: ResourcesColorado Springs MMJ lawyers, accountants and more
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