From marijuana retail outlets to the Denver Police Department to businesses that are shifting their strategies to take advantage of pot tourism, Colorado's laws on recreational marijuana show what could happen in Washington later this year. But what do Colorado residents think of recreational marijuana?
We took to the streets to find out what people in Colorado are seeing in this land of legal weed, which is the fastest selling product since Denver Broncos gear.
But as look around not everyone is stoned and the air isn't filled with puffs of intoxicating smoke.
"I'd say before our neighbors would smoke sometimes in the yard and that's about the same," Erin Jaramillo said.
To get a better view of what these people say our lives might look like, there's no place in Denver to get a pulse of their concerns than to stop by the appropriately named Washington Park.
"A big change from before and then the medical marijuana so I have to say that was a difference," Jaramillo said.
What she means by before is medical marijuana sales, which the state officially authorized three years ago. Today all of the former medical dispensaries are now recreational pot shops.
"Do you see it on the street? Do you smell it on the street much?"
"Not anymore than I did before," Denver resident William Villo said.
"I think everybody's getting more relaxed about it, more accepting of it," Denver resident Nancy Kopp said.
Some residents are happy about the new law and the estimated tax revenue people are starting to hear in the news, like the first $40 Million generated from marijuana sales that will go to schools.
"I haven't seen any difference and I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. I'm glad that the money's going into the hands of the right people instead of the underground," Nancy Patterson said.
"Like some people have said, it's a great way for the state to make money. It goes on anyways so it might as well be legalized," Nancy Kopp said.
On the other hand, parents worry the kids in schools may see the marijuana signs and be tempted while some question how they'll explain what weed is to their children.
"I am concerned about how things will change for them as they start being exposed to more frequent drug use at a much younger age than I ever was," Molly, a concerned parent, said.
"You don't really want children to get hooked on something because it's legal, maybe they won't realize how dangerous it could be," Erin Jaramillo added.
If there's one thing we learned in Washington Park it's that The Centennial State is a lot like the Evergreen State.
Keep in mind, it's still very illegal to smoke outside in Colorado just like Washington. Like Colorado, Washington will have limits in advertising marijuana, although in Denver the medical and recreational stores are very visible. You can clearly tell what they are. Here in Washington not such much, at least not yet.