A small Colorado town could be renamed the marijuana industry that its supporters say has given it new life.
Moffat, which has about 120 residents, is considering changing its name to “Kush,” which is a popular slang term for cannabis.
The drug was legalized in the state in 2012 and the idea for the name change came from Mike Biggio, the owner and founder of Area 420, which licensed land for cannabis cultivation in Moffat.
Licenses for marijuana cultivation have risen from two to 70 in the past six years, driven primarily by Area 420, according to the city’s mayor, Cassandra Foxx.
“Moffat feels like he’s on the verge of mass growth right now. We may be very small, but we’re trying to do big things here,” he told CNN.
The mayor attributes area 420 to helping revitalize the city, which is a three-hour drive from Denver.
“They gave us life, like a renaissance. They provided an industry for Moffat,” he said.
“We have a lot of open space, a lot of good resources, a beautiful elevation, a good climate that lends itself to growing marijuana.”
The city, which was established in 1911, held a public meeting on the subject earlier this month, and residents have been invited to initiate a petition.
The city was originally named after industrialist David H Moffat, who helped develop the railroads and mining in the state, and Ms. Foxx admits that not everyone is in favor of change.
“It’s just a discussion right now, we haven’t done anything,” he said, describing the possibility as “a little silly” but “exciting.”
He added: “It’s the right kind of fool. But it’s also accurate, as if it were a good representation of this region, of the industry we’re trying to promote and the soul of our city. Change is always good.” .