PARACHUTE, CO - NOVEMBER 30: Budtender Desrie Hayhurst helps Anthony Lampshire of Parachute find just what he's looking for in the open air showroom at the Tumbleweed Parachute Dispensary on November 30, 2018, in Parachute, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Colorado communities pocket big bucks from legal marijuana, but threats loom for some

Across Colorado, the rollout of recreational marijuana sales five years ago has raised tens of millions of dollars annually to tackle a litany of local concerns — from main street makeovers in cash-strapped small towns to addressing Denver’s housing affordability crunch.

While the public’s attention has focused on the roughly quarter-billion dollars a year in marijuana-related revenue that flows into state coffers, the burgeoning marijuana business also has brought a bonanza in tax revenue for dozens of municipal and county governments.

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