LOG LANE VILLAGE — An interesting David-and-Goliath dynamic is taking shape across Colorado’s burgeoning commercial cannabis sector, with tiny communities friendly to the sale of recreational marijuana living in the shadow of large — and totally pot-shop-free — neighbors.Manitou Springs, just a few miles from Colorado Springs, is the only place within a reasonable distance of the state’s second-largest city where you can buy recreational weed. On the Eastern Plains, Log Lane Village plays the same role vis-…-vis Fort Morgan, a city 10 times its size. Garden City, which weighs in at less than 1 square mile, has four recreational pot businesses. On the other side of 25th Street lurks Greeley, with more than 96,000 residents. It has none. And in the mountains, you can’t pick up a bottle of indica gummies in the marquee resort town of Vail. But less than five minutes away, you can shop from a cluster of cannabis vendors in what has become known as the “Green Mile.”The community pairings, in all their strange divergence, are the result of Amendment 64, the pot legalization law passed by Colorado voters three years ago. The groundbreaking measure specifically left it up to individual towns and cities to decide whether marijuana businesses would be allowed. Second anniversaryFriday marked the second anniversary of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.”I think it’s a great model,” said Dave Chapin, Vail’s new mayor. “It gives towns a lot more say. Anytime you can get things down to the local level, that’s a strength for the community.”So far, the pot partnership between big and small appears to be working. Crime hasn’t increased appreciably, nor has it had significant spillover effects. Additional sales tax revenues and economic stimulus have given a shot in the arm to the small communities that really need it. And the larger cities, with their more carefully laid-out downtown districts, get to keep their civic brand pot-free and family-friendly.Emerald Fields retail marijuana customer Jacob Turek sniffs a sample in the store last month in Manitou Springs. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)Jerry Garner, Greeley’s chief of police, likens the situation in his … – Click Here To Visit Article Source