The idea that Colorado was once an austere prohibition state where no one could get marijuana without great difficulty is rubbish.
In the 80s and early 90s, everyone I knew was one to two degrees of separation from scoring a joint. Either you knew a dealer or you knew someone who knew a dealer. All it took was one call on the avocado green phone in the kitchen to secure a dime bag.
Nevertheless, in 2012 legal weed advocates managed to convince 55% of Coloradans that the state needed to turn marijuana from a low-key black market into a big business. Dispensaries opened everywhere, and growers cultivated ever stronger strains. Today’s buds regularly contain more than 15% THC, the chemical that creates the high, compared to 2% THC in ganja sold in the 1980s. Concentrates can be as high…
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