DENVER -- Colorado marijuana operations are serving as a cannabis classroom for lawmakers across the country.
This week, a delegation of Democrats and Republicans from the New Jersey legislature are spending time in Colorado hoping to learn the successes and challenges facing the industry. Medical marijuana sales are currently legal in the Garden State. Lawmakers are considering pushing legislation allowing for recreational sales.
Democratic state Senator Nicholas Scutari helped organize the trip.
"It looks to be the new gold rush," said Scutari. “To come here, put boots on the ground, and take a look around and see how it's going and talk to the people on the front lines of this emerging market is something you can't replace," he said.
It's easy to understand the out of state interest. Colorado's dispensaries have seen a record setting summer.
In August - medical and recreational sales raked in $126-million dollars. In July, $122.7 million.