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Colorado changes medical marijuana trends
The controversy over medical marijuana continues. Many are fearful for what the future holds. Perhaps others hesitate because it is not legal at the federal level yet. So, how do the state and federal agencies cooperate when they are in opposite corners of the issue?
"The federal government turns their back and the state government says give me your tax money," said Pierre Werner, also known as “Dr. Reefer.”
As it turns out, Colorado might be setting a trend for the future of medical marijuana. More than 100 dispensaries and about 20 growing operations were granted licenses in Boulder and Broomfield so far. Every month the number of medical marijuana patient applications increases. According to Dr. Reefer, this goes to show how the industry is going to change.
"It's basically showing everybody else in the medical marijuana states and outside the medical marijuana states how the responsible use of marijuana is going to look like for adults,” he said.
The majority of people seen in the dispensaries aren’t just college kids, they are people that really need it for their pain or chronic disease. Without medical marijuana, they would not be able to get through their daily lives.
"The majority of the people I see on a day to day basis at work are really sick people that need help, and this is what relieves their pain, and it's an alternative to taking vicodin and morphine and oxy cotton and all of these other drugs that can kill you," said CU student Sarah Reidy.
The future of the Medical marijuana industry is hazy, many are for and many are against it, but the future just may lie with Colorado.