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In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year.
The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world’s most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country’s government is clamping down on the weed industry.
VICE News correspondent Nilo Tabrizy (https://twitter.com/ntabrizy) joined ‘On The Line’ to discuss the rapidly expanding legal marijuana industry.
In this excerpt, President Obama discusses the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana.
Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham, a medical marijuana user and overall weed enthusiast, went out to Vancouver and Denver to compare the grey market of dispensaries in British Columbia (which are now in the crosshairs of the federal government) to Denver’s regulated legal weed economy.
Due to the recent legalization of weed in Washington and Colorado, the draconian crime laws pushed forward by the Canadian Conservative government’s omnibus crime bill, and recent changes to medical marijuana regulations, the entire industry is suddenly facing an identity crisis.
In HIGH COUNTRY, Motherboard heads to Denver–ground zero for cannabis legalization, and home to a booming tech sector in what could be called the Silicon Valley of weed–to inhale the newest high-tech highs.