DENVER, CO - It's been a hot topic across the United States, recreational marijuana legalized in both Washington and Colorado. Pot stores are already opening up in Colorado and many people in Washington are watching closely.
Inside 3D Cannabis just outside downtown Denver, workers package their product to gear up for another big weekend of sales. Since the shop went retail January 1st the flood of customers has been unlike what anyone has seen.
"It's crazy to see this many people come in and out," said Brooke Taylor-Oloughlin, 3D Cannabis employee.
Olaughlin works at the shop she says there are certainly challenges to keeping secure their product and the hundreds of thousands of dollars it brings in.
"It definitely brings some risks," she said.
At 3D Cannabis in Denver there are six of these grow rooms. The product in here alone is worth $70,000. So with big money comes big security.
"We have a security camera in every room," she said.
Manager David Martinez estimates the shop spends 3k on security every month.
"(It's) just like a bank. (The) nice thing about a bank though if they were to get robbed they have insurance we don't," said David Martinez, 3D Cannabis manager.
Unlike Washington and Colorado law, federal law still says marijuana is illegal. And the difference says Martinez is not
"It's horrible. I mean we can't do any banking. Its hard to get insurance. There are a lot of issues that are up in the air. But it's still a new industry," Martinez said.
Colorado now is rolling out the red carpet for Washington weed legalization. Facing challenges along the way to see what works, and what doesn't and giving us a hint of what we can expect at home.