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Only on 2: Controlling Cannabis in Colorado

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According to officials in Colorado, the best way to control cannabis is with a lot of regulations and a lot of taxes.

"It's going to be sold here so you have to decide if you want regulated businesses doing that or violent criminals. We know our program isn't perfect but we are choosing control over chaos." Michael Elliott is with the Marijuana Industries Group in Denver, Colorado. He says so many other states are on the verge of legalizing it that it only makes sense to help each other to get it legalized nationally.

"You can't smoke on the sidewalks or in public. You can't smoke in cars. You can't drive high, you can't have it hotels or at the airport and you can't give it to minors," says Ashley Kilroy with the Marijuana Policy in Denver. "Seriously there are so many more places you can't use it than you can," she says.

And there are signs everywhere you look to remind you of the rules.      

Nevada's lawmakers toured the industry facilities there last weekend to figure out how to regulate marijuana here in the Silver State.

"The voters have spoken, they want it and as legislators it's not our business to like it or not but to implement what they want," said Senator Patricia Farley of Clark County. "I feel like the more moderate Republicans in Nevada's Legislature see it as a serious business venture that would be good for Nevada as long as it's regulated and the money goes to schools."

Senator Tick Segerblom, who organized the trip agrees.

"It won't replace gaming, but it will work hand-in-hand with gaming," he said. "People already consider Nevada the Wild West and this will be a part of the Nevada experience." 

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