Colorado newspapers high on medical marijauna

We know medical marijuana will never bring enough revenue to balance the state’s budget, but according to an article in today’s New York Times, medical smoke is balancing the budgets of newspapers all over Colorado.

With alternative weeklies regularly publishing special sections stuffed with marijuana ads and even smokers’ product reviews, marijuana is helping newspapers fight off Craigslist and a shrinking market for real estate ads. The Times notes, though, that it isn’t just weeklies taking advantage, but also publications like the Denver Post.

American Constitution Party Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo a couple of weeks ago advocated legalizing the drug altogether, eliciting howls of protest from rival candidates Republican Dan Maes and Democrat John Hickenlooper. A few days later, The Colorado Independent published the results of a study showing that the decriminalization of all drugs in Portugal had led to reduction in use.

The Times article notes that medical marijuana is creating work not just for newspapers but for attorneys and even realtors, who smell a budding new market both for storefronts and for close-in agricultural properties.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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