Denver has always presented a striking contrast of natural beauty with urban realism. The two most prominent expressions I saw of the latter are an increased presence of homeless persons and the pungent and almost inescapable aroma of marijuana, both regularly encountered when walking down the pedestrian mall at the heart of the city’s downtown. The two are not unrelated and illustrate one of perhaps many unanticipated consequences of the recent legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado.
I can’t decide if this made the choice of Denver as host city for the world’s largest lung diseases conference, the 110th annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, particularly appropriate or particularly ironic. ...continue reading