The world’s largest cannabis-related magazine in the world, High Times, is theorizing that a surge in out-of-state college applications could have something to do with Colorado’s legalization of marijuana.

In an article published Monday, High Times magazine said it doesn’t buy the “excuse” that the standardized online “Common Application” is driving interest at the University of Colorado, which reports that application submissions are up 30 percent.

The magazine also dismisses college officials’ explanations of increased high school recruitment efforts and long-term payout after years of hard work.

Still, school officials, from Colorado College to Colorado State University to the University of Denver, say they don’t see a correlation between the two.

Mike Hooker, spokesman for Colorado State University, told High Times he has a “hard time believing that someone is going to make that kind of significant decision about investing in their education based on whether they can smoke marijuana in the state.”

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