Boulder, Colorado is one of the quintessential college towns in the US. Home to the University of Colorado, the city has a population of a little more than 100,000 people. It’s snuggled up against the edge of the Rocky Mountains, with various national and state parks within a half-hour drive. It’s a gorgeous town, full of people walking around, riding their bicycles, or strolling through one of the open shopping areas the city has to offer. It’s also home to one of the highest numbers of cannabis dispensaries per capita. When you dig a little into the demographics of the city and realize what state it’s located in, it’s not hard to understand why.
Colorado at large was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and the state was quick to adapt the will of the voters. Businesses have to obtain a license to sell the plant in the state and they have to pay taxes, but as long as they’re doing those two things then they’re free to operate without bias. Because of this legitimacy and the way the state’s government has approached the issue, marijuana dispensaries have popped up all over the state. However, given the specific demographics of Boulder, its status as a bastion of liberal ideologies, and the huge college population there, more dispensaries have popped up in the small city per capita than in any other city in the state. No matter where you are in the city, it’s never more than a mile or two to the nearest dispensary.
There are dozens and dozens of Boulder dispensaries scattered across the city. Even before marijuana was legalized in the state and available to anyone over the age of 21, the people of Boulder had a relatively positive view of the plant. Their belief, in general, was that marijuana could clearly be used to help treat various medical ailments, and as long as people weren’t consuming it while driving their car or sitting in a public park, they didn’t really care. If people were consuming the plant in the safety of their own home and they weren’t hurting anyone either while obtaining it or consuming it, then they didn’t really have a problem with it. Thus, it’s no wonder why the city was so quick to allow so many dispensaries to operate within its border. It’s the city’s belief that if people want to consume marijuana for recreational purposes, then they should be allowed to.
Dispensaries like Boulder Wellness Center are quite common throughout the city, and barring some sort of intervention by the federal government, which would be wildly unpopular, it doesn’t look like that number is going to dwindle anytime soon. In fact, it’s quite possible that it continues to go up. As more and more cities see the kinds of tax revenue that cities like Boulder have generated for themselves and their state by allowing recreational marijuana, it’s quite possible that they’ll follow down the path that Boulder has laid out for them.