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Illegal grow
El Paso County Sheriff Deputies Scott Brettell (left) and Jeff Schulz load cut pot branches to a trailer from an illegal pot grow in the 33000 block of Fossinger Rd in Yoder, Colo. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Metro Vice, Narcoticsofficers help load the 475 plants growing in three small sheds. After the dry the branches they will be put through a chipper and destroyed. Carol Lawrence, The Gazette
After drying, the buds are trimmed by hand before being sent to a machine for final trimming. The marijuana was grown and trimmed at White Diamond Botanicals in Pueblo West on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Marijuana plants that were growing at White Diamond Botanicals onTuesday, March 14, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Police investigate a shooting in east Colorado Springs Tuesday night. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Sports Betting
In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A young adult smokes a bowl of marijuana Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the overlook on Mesa Road above the Garden of the Gods. The parking lot is a popular spot for Coronado High School students.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A young adult smokes a bowl of marijuana Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the overlook on Mesa Road above the Garden of the Gods. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People in Colorado Springs looking for a soak in the state's famous geothermal waters look to Mount Princeton Hot Springs or other big-name spots. Dakota Hot Springs is one of the closer hot springs to Colorado Springs. The water temperature is about 108 degrees at the wellhead in the middle of the free form pool where it flows into a 6 foot diameter circular tub. The rest of the pool averages 95 to 98 degrees. The facility is clothing optional, except on Tuesdays when bathing suits are required. Lydia Ramirez wades through the shallow part of the pool on a nice Spring day on Thursday, January 19, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
From Flowers to Pot
In this Thursday, April 12, 2018, photo, mature cannabis plants are seen in a greenhouse at Glass House Farms in Carpinteria, Calif. Santa Barbara county amassed the largest number of marijuana cultivation licenses in California since broad legalization arrived on Jan. 1, nearly 800, according to state data compiled by The Associated Press. Two-thirds of them come from Carpinteria and Lompoc, a larger agricultural city about an hour's drive to the northwest. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)