BOULDER, Colo. — As marijuana legalization becomes an increasingly mainstream discussion, pot dispensaries here are eyeing Wednesday's GOP debate for hints of what the future may hold.
Johnny Kurish, general manager at Boulder's Helping Hands Herbals recreational dispensary, said he was surprised when he heard the national Republican field would come to this largely liberal town, but then he said it all started to make sense.
"Part of the political process is facing your opposition," said Kurish, who has an MBA and sports short-cropped hair and a button-down shirt. He said he plans to base his voting decisions on more issues than just marijuana legalization, but that's a key topic.
"It's heavy — working in this industry you realize you've been lied to for years," he said. "To me, (marijuana policy) is a gauge that you're being realistic about the information you have."