While we, as the Smart Colorado leadership team, do our best to lobby for legislation to help limit the number of dispensaries allowed and their proximity to school zones, there are still 210 stores that sell medical or recreational marijuana (or both) in Denver alone and another 211 standalone grow operations – the majority based in minority and low income neighborhoods. View map of marijuana dispensary locations here.
Politco reporter, Jon Murray, gives an in depth report on the impact of commercialized marijuana in the poorer communities of Denver:
The Marijuana Industry’s War on the Poor
May 19, 2016
“One of the things that we thought was going to happen when [recreational] marijuana was legalized was that drugs would be taken out of our community,” said Candi CdeBaca, an education and community activist whose longtime family home is steps from a commercial grow operation in Elyria-Swansea. “What happened was that the drugs stayed—and the drug dealers changed.”