How Texans are buying pot in Colorado: ‘It’s, like, the new tourism’

DENVER — Here in America’s Amsterdam, even locals are still getting used to the idea that they can be open about purchases once made in secret.
But with Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana use and regulated retail operations, cannabis business is smoking: Dispensaries statewide have seen sales explode — Huffington Post reported first-week sales of $5 million — dwarfing the medical transactions legal since 2009.
Much of that interest has come from Texas — and North Texans in particular, who’ve long invaded the Centennial State for skiing, snowboarding and, in the days before it became widely available, even Coors beer.
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