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Colorado’s most dispensary-heavy border town could soon be facing challengers across state lines.

Home to 26 dispensaries and fewer than 9,000 people, Trinidad has been a popular marijuana outpost for travelers coming through on Interstate 25, with visitors from New Mexico, whose border sits just south of the town, responsible for the heaviest influx of customers, according to local dispensary owners.

But New Mexico has been on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana for a couple of years now, and could make the move in a special session of the New Mexico State Legislature if Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has her way. Although not a lock — the New Mexico Senate has failed to hear a recreational legalization bill in 2020 and 2021 — Grisham is on record as saying she is “not going to wait another year” to get recreational legalization done, and proponents view the change as a matter of when, not if.

While Trinidad dispensary owners acknowledge that all 26 stores probably won’t survive

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