Colorado's Legalization of Marijuana Could Generate Millions for the State, but at What Cost?

One of the most talked about new laws in the country could have a risky side effect.
3:00 | 01/02/14

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Transcript for Colorado's Legalization of Marijuana Could Generate Millions for the State, but at What Cost?
There are in fact 40000. New laws taking effect across the country -- 2014. And here are few others that caught -- and thirteen states workers received an increase in the minimum wage. -- wages now between 750 and 932 an hour. And -- Oregon adults are now banned from smoking inside -- car if there are children inside. The penalty of two -- -- fifty dollar fine for the first offense 500 dollars for the second. And of course Colorado is now living with one of the most talked about new laws in America it is the first state to legalize the sale of marijuana. For recreational you sent the change could generate 67 million dollars a year for the state budget. But police are now on alert for possible side effects including drivers behind the wheel and here's ABC's Clayton send out. -- -- Alabama's new retail pot market today lines are long and sales brisk and it has been so busy we haven't stopped from the minute we've opened the doors at this shopping Denver plenty of customers and product smoke -- -- drinkable and from this bakery. Edible we take. The marijuana plants and we infuse it with regular better taste like. -- -- the -- boom is creating thousands of jobs and big growth. Basically in the next six months will be looking at increasing our production by about five times. The state expected to haul in 67 million dollars in -- taxes a year Denver is now posting these pot rules just as critics are warning that for teens marijuana is more dangerous than ever if we don't keep young people from smoking marijuana there will be -- during inside of the state. And police say they're worried about more people driving -- just a couple of hits could put you over the limit marijuana -- -- judgment and impact your ability to react if you were impaired by a substance you can't drive. In the story the federal government still considers marijuana illegal but for now is allowing -- experiment. But the Justice Department says it won't look the other way if more -- start using pot. If drug cartels become bigger players or if we'd starts crossing state lines. That's one of the reasons at Denver's airport only the planes can get high getting busted means a thousand dollar fine and another -- send out ABC news Denver.

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