The Republican National Convention last came to a close on Aug. 30, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. -- but will the next one open in Denver in 2016? (Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Denver RNC 2016 bid: Pols “will want to see how (legal pot is) working” (video)

Denver officially submitted its bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday — and part of that bid is the opportunity for visiting politicians to witness Colorado’s regulated recreational marijuana market first-hand, according to former Rep. Bob Beauprez.

“There’s an easy political case to be made,” said Beauprez, who is a Republican and the chair of the Denver RNC 2016 bid committee. “Other governors and mayors will want to come here and see how (legal pot is) working out.”

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The RNC will choose the 2016 location later this year. As you’ll see in the above video — featuring Beauprez along with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and others — the city is pushing its history with big events (the 2008 Democratic National Convention included), the state’s natural beauty and a new Light Rail line to Denver International Airport as some of its biggest selling points.