Not Every Kind of Weed is Legal in Colorado
Colorado became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize marijuana by popular vote with the passage of Amendment 64 last November.
Several cities have decided to ban retail marijuana stores even before the first legal joint can be sold, but the city of Pueblo may start accepting applications for pot shops as early as next year. If that happens, Pueblo entrepreneurs may be able to sell Purple Kush, Lemon Diesel and Strawberry Cough — just so long as they don’t grow any Lion’s Tooth.
That’s because growing Lion’s Tooth — more commonly called dandelion — is against the law in Pueblo.
Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace told Bloomberg Businessweek that the area could cash in big by cornering the regional market for marijuana sales.
“From our perspective, the more of our neighbors who opt out, the more tax revenue for us,” Pace said. “If Colorado Springs and El Paso County opt out, we think there’s a really significant business opportunity.”
The dandelion, on the other hand, isn’t the kind of weed that makes Pueblo’s eyes light up with dollar signs. It’s the noxious kind that threatens crops, invades ecosystems and makes you sneeze.
And with Pueblo authorities no longer preoccupied with fighting marijuana sales, they’re finally free to grab their jugs of herbicide and focus on real crime.
Do you have a secret grow room for dandelion? Have you seen black helicopters swooping down on the prohibited yellow patches around Pueblo? Tell us about it in the comments section below.