Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012 has brought a new player to the philanthropic table in the marijuana industry, but many area nonprofits are unsure as to how to handle the industry's desire to give back.

Spare change and loose bills are scattered next to a Hindu Buddha statue on a small table in the lobby of Infinite Wellness, a Fort Collins medicinal and recreational marijuana shop.

At the end of the month, the funds will be donated to a local charity. Owner Cristine Romarine wishes she could publicly say which one, but many nonprofits aren't willing to go public with her philanthropic contributions just yet and she doesn't want to hurt causes she cares about.

Local breweries, such as New Belgium and Odell, have gifted in the millions to local organizations and have long been hailed for their charitable actions in the community.

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