Since Colorado voters approved the recreational use of Marijuana in November 2012 thousands have scrambled to smoke it, grow it, and sell it. The legalization is taking a toll on the illegal drug market. Gang wars are heating up, and the Mexican drug cartels are pushing harder drugs like black tar heroin. But for some small entrepreneurs on both sides, the change in the law offers a world of opportunities.
Here are some facts about Denver’s marijuana business featured in Drugs, Inc.
- “The Mile High City” has a population of 619,968.
- Marijuana became legal for recreational use in 2012, and is the first state to adopt official rules for recreational marijuana sales.
- With the passing of these laws, Colorado became the world’s first legal, regulated, and taxed recreational marijuana market for adults.
- The number of gang-related violent crimes in Denver has nearly doubled in the first four months of this year when compared with the same time in 2012.
- There are 34 murders per 100,000 people in Denver.
- Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in Denver. Mexican-grown weed and BC Bud have dominated in recent years, but Colorado-grown legal marijuana is rapidly overtaking.
- Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations control most of the methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution in Colorado.
- Two nationwide street gangs with predominant African-American memberships, the Crips and the Bloods, have a presence in the Denver area.
- Private smoking clubs have started opening in Denver where, for a fee, you can become a member and then partake in smoking marijuana, much like the Amsterdam Coffee Shops.
- Denver is considering the use of vending machines with fingerprint-scan technology, to distribute medical grade marijuana.
In this clip from Sunday’s premiere of Drugs, Inc., pot entrepreneur, Tripp Keber, creates pot-infused candy, sodas and other potent edibles.
Tune in to Drugs, Inc. Rocky Mountain High Sunday at 9P on National Geographic Channel.