Scott Martinez probably didn’t imagine his primary job would be managing … weed.(Photo: Cary Jobe/OZY)At a Colorado Democratic caucus a few years ago, Scott Martinez hoisted his 4-year-old son onto his shoulders, stepped up to the microphone and spoke out in the party’s debate over the legalization of weed. He was staunchly against it, and as the debate grew hotter, his opponents accused him of using his kid as a prop to sway their vote. They were right, he admitted.And he didn’t win. Soon enough, in fact, he would have to explain to his son that daddy’s new job would mean being the boss of the very same law they had tried to snuff out.Welcome to the Mile High City, where the responsibility for rolling out legalized marijuana falls squarely on Martinez’s shoulders. Though just 36, he’s Denver’s city attorney — one of the youngest in the country — and was appointed to that position by the mayor. That means he’s lead counsel for all elected city officials and departments, including 11,000 employees, as well as chief counsel for Denver International Airport. All sorts of cases come across his desk, from those involving police brutality to racial discrimination and even inmate deaths. But one of his primary jobs these days is, well, pot management.More OZY stories you may like:Weed tourism: have you booked your reservation?The man with olympian doodadsThe perils of synthetic weed in the NFLThat part of the job has reverberations far beyond Colorado’s capital. Shortly after the state legalized cannabis, Oregon, Washington and Alaska implemented their own laws, and many other states are now considering doing the same — Washington, D.C., did so over the past week. So a lot of government squares who don’t smoke weed (or at least claim they don’t) may end up enforcing its legalization. And sometimes those challenges that are created can seem downright bizarre. Like how do dispensaries pay their taxes if federally insured banks won’t accept their cash, since marijuana is not legal nationwide? Can a local airport gift shop sell bongs? Is cruising at 25 mph down the freeway enough proof that you’re stoned and need to be pulled over? And how do you keep kids like your own impressionable young son and his friends away from all of this?It’s Martinez’s job to figure out much of this, though similar issues are cropping up in more cities — … – Click Here To Visit Article Source