Inside America’s Billion-Dollar Weed Business: The Grass is Greener

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In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year.

But with being America’s fastest growing industry, comes growing pains. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which has led to conflicting state laws, restrictive regulations, and endless problems for cash-only marijuana business owners and operators.

VICE News meets the investors cashing in on the green rush and finds out how fractured marijuana laws are causing the American market to miss out.

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diego gaud says:

this is so fucking stupid . let me get this straight. even though weed is legal. the banks dont want the money from it because its marijuana. and we have to have security to protect all the businesses. WHY DONT WE JUST FULLY MAKE IT LEGAL AND DO WHAT WE WANT WITH IT. we wouldnt even really have to pay for it . it would be growing in our forests. in our homes. everywhere. then it wouldnt even be a matter of having money to smoke weed. you can just smoke it. where ever. whenever. i thought weed was legal but this is still kinda bullshit. its not much of a difference at all really im stil soking just as much as i was before. and i hae never been arrested for marijuana. so like wtf.

Jose Salazar says:

I don't see anything wrong in paying with cash. It's better. I know of several farm contractors in California that pay everything in cash, they pay employees in cash & or sale transactions also in cash. Ranchers pay the contractors in cash well most of them. Ranchers receive cash for their crop from international investors or companies that buy the product (grape) for global resale.

Mostafa Mansoori says:

Colorado! How are the floods, thunder, and lightning! doing for you wicked evil deeds! Like it, I'm grateful, mmmmm how about Allah sends down a lightning strike with thunder bolt from the Heavens and blow up your sorry sinful lying hypocrite two faced disgraceful money worshipping lifestyle????

tom says:

Dope video, we need to legalize this shit already. What's the name of that hook playing at 0:25, it fireeeeeeee

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Sungodv says:

People coming to CO from CA and ruining it. Basically turning it into another CA. Enjoy your freakin 15% sales tax…30 for Cannabis.

bob berk says:

745 then close the shop why should i pay a atm fee because ur to lazy to fix ur card probem faster

Angelo DelSenno says:

Great piece. The medicine man gentleman was a true business savant. Kind of crazy how much the industry is taxed though. Seems unfair on so many levels

Benedict Einarson (Benni) says:

5:16 She has the biggest stoner grin in the world. "I'm in heaven"

SikStylo says:

So, basically the government is getting the money and "we the people" and our communities are left out. legalize, tax it, use money to have free education k-college in the U.S. or free healthcare for everyone

Tyler Barker says:

I lived in Denver for over a year and I'm appalled that the rest of the country is not taking it's lead. The money generated from a harmless crop has been substantial and proves wrong anybody who was afraid of legalizing cannabis in the first place. I moved back to Texas due to financial hardships and surprisingly, we have a governor in a wheelchair who can't recognize the benefits this cash crop carries. It's baffling to me and millions of others.

Green TwoStay says:

'The Canadian Side Looked More Formal!'

Cody Dale says:

I live in the Springs. It's a mess in schools. If you're old enough, smoke it. But if you're not, it's just a waste of time. Denver, the Springs, places as far South as Florence are getting hit with it, and it stinks, literally. Commercials say education will improve, schools will get money and new testing procedures. That's straight bull, it's getting kids high and dead, and the worst part is, weed is so untested that people like me have no idea what Coloradoans will be like a generation from now. A spliff of weed is as common as a cigarette in my school, and it's more encouraged, as it is actually quite safer. I watched a kid smoke a joint of weed off campus one day, walk back to class high, and nobody did anything. This is ruining our city.

Jeff Neely says:

No, Guns in Colorado but Drugs is legal?
You smoking something?????

Boy do i feel safe!

Trevor Gomoll says:

article on alfalfa The noodle-like sprouts are salad and sandwich staples, while alfalfa leaves and flowers can be made into herbal tea and drunk up to three times a day. Traditionally, the herb was used to kick-start the appetite and ease indigestion, while alfalfa seeds were made into a paste for treating insect bites and boils.
Beyond sandwiches and salads
As an herbal supplement, alfalfa is available in capsule, powder, tablet and liquid extract form. The herb is rich in protein as well as vitamins A, C and K. It is a nutritious whole food, packed with antioxidants and minerals including magnesium, calcium and iron. Heavy in phytoestrogens, alfalfa is used in the treatment of menopause symptoms to combat estrogen deficiency. It is also a popular tonic for flushing the body of toxins.
Using the whole herb
Different parts of the alfalfa plant have varied uses and effects. In traditional Chinese medicine, fresh alfalfa juice is used to treat kidney stones, while the plant root is said to control fevers and improve jaundice. Alfalfa leaves contain saponin – a compound that might have a cholesterol-lowering effect.


Rasta says:

Legal or not im still gonna smoke it

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sisterburk says:

Co = applied intelligence. Legalize weed thereby cutting cartels from a reported 70% of their income which only serves to help gangs/crime and transnational gangs to proliferate (BRILLIANT IN ITSELF), DESTROY ALL HEROIN SUPPLIERS< DEALERS and USERS = quality of life Denver/Colorado.

Noah Rule says:

I live in Denver and nothing but GOOD has come to Colorado

Jackson Balmer says:

They should legalize in Indiana because
we are gr8 farmers and it would lower allergies in the area

Battle Hawk says:

She should be the permanent vice reporter.

Dinca Ionut says:

there's never enough weed

Tony Tights says:

weed is called weed because its is a fucking weed. weed smokers are practiacally idiots!

Aram Yessayan says:

This reporter is so fine

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