Sentinel reporters fanned out across the Western Slope to see how the legalization of marijuana has impacted local governments that have authorized recreational sales.
None of the communities profiled in the series “Marijuana Industry Impact” said recreational sales had opened a Pandora’s box of problems. Indeed, most pointed to problems that marijuana revenues were helping to solve.
Some communities have latched on to recreational pot as an economic lifeline. Parachute is probably the most extreme example. The town’s six recreation marijuana outlets account for 30-40% of total sales tax revenue.