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Bud-and-breakfast: Marijuana tourism in Colorado

Bud-and-breakfast: Marijuana tourism in Colorado

August 23, 2014 6:15 am • By COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Crested Butte, Colorado’s wildflower capital, nestles in the Elk Mountain Range of west-central Colorado, where lupine, aster, mule’s ear and a host of other blooms dot the fields. But currently the hottest tourist attraction is weed.

The resort town, population 1,600, supports four storefront marijuana shops.

The sale of medical marijuana has been legal for 14 years, but since the state sanctioned recreational marijuana for adults in January, the cannabis shop’s stubby green cross insignia has become as recognizable as a striped barber’s pole – and in some towns, more common. Meanwhile, the number of visitors coming to partake has grown like a weed.

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