DENVER — Ashley and Ryan picked Denver as the perfect spot for their weed-infused honeymoon.
Robert, a well-to-do contractor from Houston, mixed a little RR — reefer and recreation — with his latest business trip to Colorado. And Tyrell Towle, a chemist from Washington state, chose Denver as the spot for his home and job after getting a master’s degree in chemistry in Iowa.
The four have little in common, but there is one key thing that ties them together: marijuana.
Since Colorado became one of the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, 3,051 marijuana businesses have been licensed in Colorado and more than 40,000 people are certified to work in the industry, translating into roughly 20,000 full-time positions working directly in marijuana businesses and thousands more jobs supplying those businesses, according to figures for the end of 2017.