Colorado Springs is a prime example of the tension that exists between cities that rely on the economic stability of military bases and the tax dollars of a local recreational pot marketplace can bring.
The use and sale of marijuana for adults is broadly permitted in 10 states. More than 30 states allow a variety of marijuana-based products for medical purposes.
Visits to the ER related to cannabis are on the rise, and edibles can cause psychiatric and heart problems.
The secretary also talked about a controversial new software the VA is developing, as well as working to lower veteran suicide.
Other legislative efforts to legalize recreational marijuana are underway in New York and New Jersey, while a bill to legalize recreational cannabis in Democrat-dominated Hawaii fizzled last week.
Rather than calling for national legalization, John Hickenlooper wants marijuana to no longer be a Schedule 1 controlled substance so it can be studied.
The analysis is based on 2016 data from the 15 states that reported the reasons given for using marijuana.
The Denver marijuana enterprise made large amounts of money from "looping," a practice where some customers would repeatedly return to the same store to buy marijuana intended for black market sale.
El Paso recreational cannabis customers have to either shop in the quaint resort town of Manitou Springs, or take I-25 south to Pueblo or north to Denver.