ORDWAY, CO - DECEMBER 11: Wicked Weed Dispensary manager Ross Barrett helps Stevie Harkey of Olney Springs complete her purchase after making her selection at the counter on December 11, 2018, in Ordway, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Dramatic changes expected in former marijuana “desert” of southeast Colorado

If Colorado had a “pot desert” — a place where no marijuana could be legally purchased for miles and miles around — it was the southeast corner of the state, a wide swath of fields and farms where U.S. 50 cuts through small communities such as La Junta, Las Animas and Lamar.

But that wasteland for weed is beginning to transform into a cannabis marketplace of sorts five years after the state’s first marijuana dispensaries opened for business. Starting with Rocky Ford, where a lone dispensary opened its doors in late 2017, to the pot shop that opened less than three months ago in Ordway, residents of Crowley and Otero counties can now score a joint or bottle of edibles without having to drive an hour to Pueblo.

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