Marijuana Shops Outnumber Starbucks in Denver

There's so much weed in Denver its local magazine has a pot reviewer

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Are you sick of turning every corner to see yet another Starbucks? Perhaps you should move to Denver, Colorado, where the only business more prevalent than the bemoaned Seattle coffee chain are medical marijuana dispensaries. According to The Daily, "glossy guidebooks list nearly 300 locations where Colorado's 125,000 residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana can get their 'medicine.'" Starbucks, on the other hand, has only 266 stores in the Mile High City. Pot has become such a big part of the city's culture that one of its alt-weeklies, the Denver Westword, has even hired a weed critic to, as The Daily puts it, "help [Denverites] navigate the gauntlet of bongs, pipes and vaporizers, or make that essential choice between Super Silver Haze and Purple Passion."

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