Over the last few years, Wyoming's African-American population has grown fast. According to U.S. Census data, between 2010 and 2013, the number of black residents more than doubled – from 4,389 to 9,182. In some counties, especially those with a lot of energy development or tourism, that increase was big, anywhere from 300-800 percent. Other rural Western states, all with unemployment rates well below the national average, are experiencing a similar trend.
"Wyoming's population growth and decline, it is mostly driven by employment," said Wenlin Liu, principal economist with Wyoming's Economic Analysis Division. "We are different from Arizona or Florida. People go there to retire. Most people really come to Wyoming for employment purposes. That's why during the boom, they move here."
Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.
In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.
Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.
The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.