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13 Action News travels to Denver for pot series

Posted at 7:26 PM, Oct 25, 2016

As Nevada voters consider recreational marijuana, it's useful to see what impact it is having in other states where it is already legal.

13 Action News anchor Todd Quinones traveled to Denver, Colorado, recently for a special series of reports on the unforeseen consequences of legalized marijuana.

Marijuana is primarily a cash industry. In the first report, we take a look at some of the possible dangers that are connected to a business that deals primarily in cash.

We also discovered that the legalization of marijuana didn't put a stop to the illegal pot trade and, in some ways, helped bolster it.

Tyler Henson, president of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, says that the legalization of recreational marijuana has created thousands of jobs and is bringing in millions of dollars. However, he does acknowledge there are some problems.

Colorado is surrounded by states that have not legalized medical or recreational marijuana. That often results in people traveling to Denver to purchase pot and then take it back home.

Also, drug dealers and drug cartels were taking advantage of poorly regulated home-growing operations.

Nevada lawmakers learned from Colorado and hope to not have the same problem with home growers if Question 2 passes.