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A marijuana shop in Pueblo County is giving recreational marijuana a good reputation

Top DEA leader scolds Colorado for legalizing marijuana

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - People from around the world are getting their hands on retail pot in Colorado, but not everyone supports recreational marijuana shops.

Marisol Therapeutics is one of the marijuana shops trying to give retail pot a good reputation.

Rules regarding marijuana are posted throughout the store, but the a person from the Drug Enforcement Administration is skeptical.

"Going down the path to legalization (of retail marijuana) in this country is reckless and irresponsible," said James Capra, who is a chief of operations for the DEA, on Jan. 15.  He feels the U.S. isn't ready for retail pot.

"The treatment people are afraid, the education people are afraid, law enforcement is afraid of what is going to happen," Capra said.

Michael Tapia works at Marisol.

He said he hasn't seen any crime or negativity regarding marijuana in Pueblo County, and people support his shop.

"Some of the other local businesses, they come and provide food for people waiting outside," Tapia said.

Capra feels if marijuana hasn't worked in other places, it won't work in the U.S.

"In every part of the world where this experiment has been tried, it has failed time and time again," he said.

Tapia said since his business is one of only a handful of shops in the country that sell retail pot, it has to set a good example.

"Everything we are doing is positive for the state of Colorado, the money is going toward schools, it is improving employment, we're giving jobs to 20 or 30 people," he said.

Capra said if retail marijuana is allowed to be sold in the U.S., there will be consequences.

"It's going to cost the United States in terms of social costs. It's going to cost (the U.S.) in criminality," he said.

Tapia said anyone is welcome to check out the shop.

"We have had police come in who set up their stings, but we invite them to come in and show them we are doing a positive thing," he said.

Tapia said Marisol Therapeutics has passed all inspections conducted by the state and county.

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