Colorado and pot, 6 months later: The marijuana business is smoking after recreational use legalized

It's been six months since Colorado approved the sale of marijuana for recreational use and business is booming... or you might say, "smoking".

One of the most popular strains of marijuana on the market right now in Colorado is called strawberry diesel.

The name relates to how it smells - a combination of strawberry fields and diesel gas.

It's popular because it's supposed to give you a euphoric high. Some say it "feels like sunshine" when you smoke it.

It's one of hundreds, possibly thousands, of marijuana strains that have come to market since it became legal to sell pot for recreational use.

We're more than 6 months into Colorado's marijuana experiment and pot shop owners say business is still booming.

One owner says he sees about 10,000 customers a month and about 20% of his customers are from out of state.

It makes you wonder how many pot users are getting high and then hitting the road?

Colorado State Patrol just started to keep track of marijuana-specific DUI citations.

Month to month, pot-DUI's make up about 10-to-15 percent of all dui citations.

They're still seeing more people driving under the influence of alcohol.

But police are giving out a lot of tickets to people getting high in public. That's still against Colorado law.

More than 350 people have been cited, in Denver, alone this year. It's typically a $135 fine.

Another pot problem: marijuana edibles.

Looks can be deceiving.

A marijuana-infused candy bar may be small, but it can be potent.

One popular bar contains 100mg of THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. That is the equivalent of 10 servings or doses of marijuana.

There have been problems with people eating too much.

Overall, a lot of Coloradans think legalizing marijuana has been a good thing, especially when it comes to the tax money.

The state has collected more than $11 million in marijuana taxes.

Other states will continue to watch Colorado to see if this is the beginning of the end of pot prohibition.

For now, cannabis enthusiasts will be stocking up on strawberry diesel.
 


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