Weed goes wide: The subtle mainstreaming of cannabis in Colorado

Like countless commuters in Denver’s urban core, Marty Otañez can’t help but smell the pot smoke as he rides to work along the Cherry Creek bike path downtown. “A couple years ago it was only under the bridge at Colfax and Speer,” Otañez said of the clouds emanating from public tokers. “Now it’s pretty much every 100 meters.”

Increased pot smoke swirling around city streets and parks is one of the most recognizable effects of Amendment 64 — which legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Colorado — particularly since public consumption remains illegal.

At concerts, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the Pepsi Center, it’s something of a foregone conclusion, no matter how aggressively the staff attempts to prevent it…

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