Reuters/Rick Wilking - A sign celebrates the day at the Botana Care marijuana store just before opening the doors to customers for the first time in Northglenn, Colorado January 1, 2014.


Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

July 31, 2014, John Hudak

In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis. As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy. In this report, Hudak says that the state of Colorado has largely succeeded in rolling out a legal marijuana system, and its early implementation efforts have been impressive.

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