Denver and Colorado Springs aren’t going to be confused as twins anytime soon. Colorado’s two largest cities have some glaring differences in political leanings and landscapes, and legal cannabis is definitely one of them.
Nearly five years after Colorado voters decided to legalize recreational cannabis, Colorado Springs has yet to allow any retail pot businesses within city limits (although there is an effort to change that in 2018). Denver, on the other hand, has the largest number of recreational dispensaries and cultivations in the state, and the count isn’t even close.
It’s not like Colorado Springs is completely anti-cannabis, though: Over 130 medical marijuana dispensary licenses have been issued in the city, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. Meanwhile, Denver has seen many of its dispensary owners forgo their medical licenses in favor of going all recreational, or