Twenty years ago, Denver was a very different place than it is today.
It was amazing, don’t get me wrong, but it really goes to show what can happen if a city keeps working hard to improve itself.
In two decades Denver has cultivated a sense of culture and identity it never had before, something that goes beyond the reputations of successful sports franchises. I came to the mile high city to start a family, not to start a cannabis dispensary, but life is funny sometimes, and you don’t end up where you thought you would. Being in Denver during this time period put me at ground zero for one of the most revolutionary changes in American history, with the legalization of medical mariojuana. What the state of Colorado, and the City of Denver did that was so important to the movement was to set a positive example. The cannabis dispensaries in Denver were so successful, and so professional, that it made a lot of other people, and other state governments, realize this was something to be embraced. Denver was smart enough to open these cannabis shops and take a healthy percentage of the profits in fees and taxes, and this extra money lowered the tax burden on everyone! Denver proved that these dispensaries could generate a lot of revenue for the community, and that there was no subsequent spike in crime rates. When people said that cannabis dispensaries would increase other types of crime, now they could be refuted by the data that was gathered in around dispensaries in Denver.