Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado outnumber both McDonald’s and Starbucks.
Driving through almost any state in the U.S, you will see a plenitude of signs for McDonald’s and Starbucks outlets, Starbucks in particular being one of the most populous retailers in the country.
This is not the case however, in Colorado.
Here where they made marijuana legal a couple of years ago, outlets selling weed outnumber all the other kind of retailers, even the fast food giants.
The legalization of marijuana has been a huge talking point across America, and it only seems to have improved the areas where it has been allowed to happen.
The report released by Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) documents how weed outlets outnumber fast foods chains, for the third year in a row.
In weed-heavy areas, the report even showed how cannabis outlets outnumbered fast food outlets by nine to one.
The move to legalize marijuana in the area has brought with it some big retail changed of its own.
The company ‘Green Dragon’ operates several stores in the area and has been dubbed the ‘Starbucks of marijuana’. It sells both medical and recreational marijuana and charges as little as $5 a gram.
The report also revealed some interesting characteristics of the weed-smoking demographic in this area.
Colorado has the highest number of young weed smokers, with a 55% higher number of 12-17 year olds compared to the national average.
Despite weed being marketed as the ‘safe’ drug as an alternative to alcohol or stronger substances, the report also detailed how deaths associated with dangerous driving while under the influence of marijuana have risen, from 53 in 2009-2012 to 88 after legalization in 2013.
A blanket legalization of weed could see the Starbucks in your area turned into an altogether friendlier retail outlet, and low prices for weed across the board.