I work in several local bars. People tend to talk pretty openly to bartenders. I have seen and heard the finest people doing the poorest things, and the poorest in character doing the finest things. I make no comments on what I see, and keep private things private. People ask me about sports, sex, psychology, local activities, where to park, where to eat, stocks, and wait, oh yes, sex again.
Even so, I was unprepared for the volume of questions and stories that arose about the cannabis industry when Coloradans voted, on November 6, 2012, to legalize pot. Customer curiosity exploded when the bill became law, and the first recreational pot shops opened January 1, 2014. I was overwhelmed by the amount of discussion. Never before had there been this much fervor behind a topic discussed at the bars where I work. Interest has yet to wane.
For years, my favorite greeting to visitors, tourists, and new arrivals was, “Welcome to the high country.” I was referring to the elevation and especially the grandeur of our beautiful state.
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