Dignitaries from three nations are wrapping up a Weed 101 tour in Colorado to learn about a regulated marijuana market.
The visitors from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay gaped at a greenhouse full of pot plants tagged with digital markers. They learned about marijuana video surveillance and measuring drug production. They saw marijuana turned into tinctures, pills and skin patches. They met with state regulators.
The three-day tour wrapped up as Colorado is preparing to play host for 1,000 drug policy experts and legalization backers at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.
Marijuana legalization will be a major topic at the conference. Colorado and Washington state have authorized pot possession for all adults over 21, with retail sales beginning next year. Other nations considering new drug policies are watching.