I’ll never forget how I felt when I heard that Colorado might surpass CA in becoming the first state in the country to have legal recreational cannabis.
Amendment 64 was passed by voters in 2012 & led to the opening of retail recreational cannabis sales in January of 2014. By the time I had settled in Denver, I already had a Colorado Medical Marijuana card from living in Boulder. I moved to Denver to be closer to my family members that live in Aurora. I’m the only a single in my family that honestly has a medical marijuana card, so I’m often being pestered by siblings & sisters to get them products from the dispensaries around Glendale & Englewood so they can avoid the 15% state tax. I try to tell them to get marijuana cards, but that costs a lot of money. Although the card itself is only $25 each year, you have to see a cannabis physician & the prices vary across the board. I got a really nice deal on a physician in the River North Art District who only charges $50 for checkups & recertifications. Other cannabis dentists in Denver charge upwards of $150 per visit. But I use a lot of marijuana throughout the week, between edibles prefer RSO, vapable products prefer flower buds & concentrates, & oil cartridges, I’m stopping at a Denver cannabis dispensary at least once a week. With a 15% tax on all statewide recreational cannabis sales, you can see why I’m ready & willing to pay for the medical marijuana card every year.