A European’s Take on Colorado’s Cannabis Market

European cannabis consumers, patients, and activists are watching with a bit of envy as legalization in the United States moves beyond Colorado and Washington to other states, from California in the west to Massachusetts in the east. Mainstream media in Europe now routinely report that hundreds of millions of dollars are being collected annually in each state in “weed taxes” and how legalization has created jobs, reduced prison occupancy, and led to capital improvements at schools, parks, and community centers.

Legalization activists in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, the Czech Republic, and other European nations with relatively liberal drug policies are discussing American cannabis regulation. Some are even crafting legislation based on laws enacted in the first US. states to end the prohibition of cannabis.

But for a growing number of Europeans, talking theory isn’t enough. They want to see firsthand how it feels to live—if only for

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