Nov. 4, 2009 — In an effort to stand out from the crowd, a Japanese restaurant in Colorado will, in an advertisement for its restaurant, feature pictures of marijuana instead of sushi. It is as much a brave marketing tool as it is a sign of the times.

Using Marijuana Stores to Market Food

AFTER Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in March that he would end the Bush administration practice of frequently raiding medical marijuana dispensaries, the dispensaries have been growing, appropriately enough, like weeds.

Among the 14 states with medical marijuana laws, Colorado has experienced particularly brisk growth in the stores. From fewer than two dozen dispensaries in the state in January, there are now more than 60 just in Denver and nearby Boulder, and more than 10,000 registered medical marijuana patients statewide, according to reports in Westword, a Denver alternative weekly.

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