It's a dream come true for some people.  Recreational marijuana stores are open for business in Colorado.  Wichita pot smoker Mike Golden is planning to make the trip west.

"I will, absolutely!" Golden exclaims.

He says Kansas weed smokers are stoked about this.

"I think probably thousands from Kansas will travel across the border and buy a legal, small bag of weed," Golden says.

But Golden would be happier if he and other Kansans didn't have to go out of state to legally buy and use their pot.  Although, he's not holding his breath.  Neither is  Kansas State Representative Gail Finney.  She can't even get her fellow lawmakers to consider her bill to legalize medicinal marijuana.

"I just think it's sad the legislature takes a deaf ear to it," Finney says.  "They ignore it consistently."

Finney has been pushing the legislation since 2009.

Twenty states now allow marijuana that's prescribed by doctors, and Finney says most Kansans support that.

"If nothing else, we need to be considerate of our constituents and at least listen and have an open debate about the issue," Finney adds.  "I think the people here in Kansas would like the debate."

However, State Senator Michael O'Donnell says there's a good reason legislative leaders refuse to consider the marijuana bill.

"We would be out of federal compliance and breaking federal law regarding marijuana if we were to pass that," O'Donnell says.

Since federal law prohibits marijuana use, O'Donnell says advocates should be lobbying their U.S. senators and representatives.

Meanwhile, Golden insists there's no stopping the marijuana train now, with what's happening in Colorado and other states.

"Eventually it's going to happen," Golden says.  "There's no turning back on legalization."

Golden's group, Fire it up Kansas, continues to lobby lawmakers on the issue.

Kansans who go to Colorado to buy marijuana can only get a quarter ounce at a time, and are not allowed to bring it back across the border.