Colorado retail marijuana industry continues to grow with increasing sales – Rocky Mountain Collegian

Colorado is celebrating its fifth year of marijuana legalization. ( Olive Ancell | Collegian)

After five years of legalization, cannabis science and industry continues to grow, with Colorado marijuana sales earning over $1.5 billion for the calendar year of 2017 and earning nearly $4.5 billion since 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

“The science of cannabis is moving forward at lightning speed, and we’re really seeing developments coming from research that is moving the industry forward,” said Max Poling, the marketing manager of the Fort Collins Infinite Wellness Center.

Infinite Wellness Center is one of a handful of retail and medical cannabis dispensaries owned and operated in Fort Collins.

Even with federal backlash looming over the retail cannabis industry, new implementations including new forms of ingestion, and even things such as online ordering, continue to grow.

“This is an exciting time in the development of retail cannabis, as new products and ideas are hitting the market left and right,” said Dan Scott, the general manager of Vert’s Dispensary, located in the Campus West area. “Many of these products are things that I dreamt of when I was in my late teens and early twenties. We are seeing disposable vaporizer pens for hash oil, some of which have been tested at both sea level and 14,000 feet elevation, in 90-degree weather as well as below-freezing temperatures.”

Scott said the reason these types of features are relevant are because they ensure a quality product that is versatile to different lifestyles and smoking preferences.

Scott also touted products that mix THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, with CBD, the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC that has medicinal properties.

“There has also been an eruption of synergistic products that combine THC with CBD and other cannabinoids to create an entourage effect, where the combination

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