May 9, 2016
Downtown Denver has been the subject of glowing reports, including the mixed-use Union Station development. But the other side of the coin shows drug and alcohol addictions, and their appearance on central business district (CBD) streets.
One topic, aired at a recent “Front Lines of Addiction” luncheon, was legalized marijuana. Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, indicated tourists were complaining about marijuana odor at the 16th Street Mall. It’s illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
Tom Clark, president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. said when marijuana was first legalized, some companies considering Denver for expansion looked elsewhere. However, as businesses can legally set up drug-free workplaces, the concern is no longer a factor, he added.