Business owners voice sharp criticism over new retail pot shops moving into their neighborhoods, and zoning regulations often force pot shops into already-struggling parts of town. The tension continues to grow in Denver over the message that pot shops send to potential customers and youth, who start to believe that marijuana is a normal, harmless part of the urban landscape. The effect new pot shops could have is a two-fold impact: driving customers away from nearby non-marijuana businesses, and building a culture of acceptability in the minds of youth toward marijuana use.

The Associated Press
When pot shops are new kids on the block, other businesses aren’t always too happy
November 11, 2014
By Kirsten Wyatt

DENVER (AP) — The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses.

From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.

The strife went public last week along a once-forlorn stretch of highway south of downtown Denver now sprinkled with marijuana shops.

About two dozen pot shops along this stretch of Broadway, often dubbed “Broadsterdam,” had a marketing idea for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Why not join forces with neighboring antique shops to market the whole area as “The Green Mile”? [Read More]

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