Marijuana companies in Colorado must use cash and take the risks inherent in dealing with large amounts of paper money because banks won't do business with them. State officials hope a new credit union can change that.
The reaction of one police union president: “If the current practice of making arrests for both possession and sale of marijuana is, in fact, abandoned, then this is clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society."
By making recreational pot legal in the city over which Congress retains extraordinary control, the city has forced the issue back onto the national stage, where at least a few lawmakers are sure to mount every bit of resistance they have to marijuana reform.
In a spate of ballot initiatives around the country, voters sent a signal that they are ready to reform a system that has sent more people in the United States to jail than in any other country in the world.