It seemed marijuana shops started popping up the moment pot was legalized in Colorado. There are now almost 100 dispensaries in the city of Denver alone — the same number of Starbucks, McDonald’s, Taco Bells and King Soopers combined.
A proposal was introduced to stop any new dispensaries from opening in Denver, and the city council spent all of Monday debating the idea.
Warehouse after warehouse can be seen in industrial lots on every block, each occupied by a marijuana growhouse. There are 1,300 licenses to operate marijuana in the city, and so many that dispensaries are across the street from one another.
Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks says marijuana has reached a critical mass.