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Colorado tourists who want to smoke the pot they’ve legally purchased are running into a problem: where to light up. There’s no smoking in the stores—or on the street, or in parks, or in most hotels, reports Colorado Public Radio. Many tourists have turned to eating their marijuana; five million pot edibles were consumed in Colorado last year.

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Officials and researchers from states that have legalized marijuana or are considering making the substance lawful met in Washington State this week to evaluate the impact of the legislation, reports the Washington Post. The conference drew lawmakers from the legal pot states of Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, as well as Vermont and California—states that may legalize the substance in the future.

The number of Colorado children treated for accidental pot consumption has doubled.  The Global Post reports numbers have reached the double digits. 

Arapahoe House Denver-area facilities have seen a 66 percent increase in the number of teens being treated for cannabis abuse.

Kevin Sabet is the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.  He says the brakes need to be put on the marijuana industry. 

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Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business. Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

Colorado is the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to have a legal, regulated marked for recreational marijuana.  20 other states, and Washington, DC, allow the use of medical marijuana, but how does Colorado’s marijuana market function?  The Economist explains:

Garden City… Colorado, is on the edge of a busy highway intersection, nestled between Greeley on three sides, and Evans on the other.  It’s surrounded by communities banning recreational pot sales, but true to its history, Garden City is maximizing the opportunity presented by the legalization of marijuana according to the Denver Post.