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Old 01-01-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default marijuana retailers open doors in ColoradoUS first state-licensed receation sales.

Taking a Cross country flight? Why go nonstop when you can choose one with a layover in mile high Denver? Yeah,! let's do that.


By Keith Coffman

Jan 1 (Reuters) - The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use to the general public opened for business in Colorado on Wednesday with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.

Roughly three dozen former medical marijuana dispensaries newly cleared by state regulators to sell pot to consumers who are interested in nothing more than its mind- and mood-altering properties began welcoming customers as early as 8 a.m. MST (1500 GMT).

The highly-anticipated New Year's Day opening launched an unprecedented commercial cannabis market that Colorado officials expect will ultimately gross $578 million in annual revenues, including $67 million in tax receipts for the state.

Possession, cultivation and private personal consumption of marijuana by adults for the sake of just getting high has already been legal in Colorado for more than a year under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters.

But as of Wednesday, cannabis was being legally produced, sold and taxed in a system modeled after a regime many states have in place for alcohol sales - but which exists for marijuana nowhere in the world outside of Colorado.

Scores of customers lined up in the cold and snow outside at least two Denver-area stores on Wednesday morning waiting for doors to open.

"I wanted to be one of the first to buy pot and no longer be prosecuted for it. This end of prohibition is long overdue," said Jesse Phillips, 32, an assembly-line worker who was the day's first patron at Botana Care in the Denver suburb of Northglenn. He had camped outside the shop since 1 a.m.

A cheer from about 100 fellow customers waiting in line to buy went up as Phillips made his purchase, an eighth-ounce sampler pack containing four strains of weed - labeled with names such as "King Tut Kush" and "Gypsy Girl" - that sold for $45 including tax.

He also bought a child-proof carry pouch required by state regulations to transport his purchase out of the store.

Robin Hackett, 51, co-owner of Botana Care, said before the opening that she expected between 800 to 1,000 first-day customers, and hired a private security firm to help with any traffic and parking issues that might arise.

Hackett said she has 50 lbs (23 kg) of product on hand, and to avoid a supply shortage the shop will limit purchases to quarter-ounces on Wednesday, including joints, raw buds or cannabis-infused edibles such as pastries or candies.

TURNING POINT IN DRUG CULTURE

Like other stores, Botana Care also stocked related wares, including pipes, rolling papers, bongs, and reusable, locking child-proof pouches.

Voters in Washington state voted to legalize marijuana at the same time Colorado did, in November 2012, but Washington is not slated to open its first retail establishments until later in 2014.

Still, supporters and detractors alike see the two Western states as embarking on an experiment that could mark the beginning of the end for marijuana prohibition at the national level.

"By legalizing marijuana, Colorado has stopped the needless and racially biased enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws," said Ezekiel Edwards, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project.

Cannabis remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, though the Obama administration has said it will give individual states leeway to carry out their own recreational-use statutes.

Nearly 20 states, including Colorado and Washington, had already put themselves at odds with the U.S. government by approving marijuana for medical purposes.

Opponents warned that legalizing recreational use could help create an industry intent on attracting underage users and getting more people dependent on the drug.

Comparing the nascent pot market to the alcohol industry, former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy, co-founder of Project Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said his group aims to curtail marijuana advertising and to help push local bans on the drug while the industry is still modest in stature.

"This is a battle that if we catch it early enough we can prevent some of the most egregious adverse impacts that have happened as a result of the commercialized market that promotes alcohol use to young people," he said.

Under Colorado law, however, state residents can buy as much as an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana at a time, while out-of-state visitors are restricted to quarter-ounce purchases.

Restraint was certainly the message being propagated on New Year's Eve by Colorado authorities, who posted signs at Denver International Airport and elsewhere around the capital warning that pot shops can only operate during approved hours, and that open, public consumption of marijuana remains illegal. (Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Lisa Shumaker, Barbara Goldberg and Chris Reese)
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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Yup. Time to close up shop and move to Colorado.
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Or Washington
Where are the new articles on Washington Pot?

You all don't want anyone to know cuz you don't wanna share?
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Im off it now.................

It slows your mind down too much for Kung Foo.......... The bow is bent within
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You all don't want anyone to know cuz you don't wanna share?
That's exactly right.

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It slows your mind down too much for Kung Foo.......... The bow is bent within
Just like a lot of things, some people should not use marijuana.

OTOH, different strains have different effects. Some are relaxing while others motivate. Anybody that is not familiar would do well to get a sampler like the guy in the story.

The media is calling deregulation "an experiment." It is actually the end of an experiment. The war on drugs is the experiment that failed.
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I wonder how they are going to handle the pot offenders already in the prison system?
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Just like a lot of things, some people should not use marijuana.

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Me, for one. Makes me horribly paranoid. No thank you.
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Me, for one. Makes me horribly paranoid. No thank you.
Enhanced paranoia or anxiety is a common effect.

There is a lot to be learned. Everybody's mind is different. I am a little concerned about uninformed recreational psychedelic use. I hope new users or people who have not smoked in a couple of decades will do a little reading before partaking. Marijuana today is much more powerful and is skillfully bred for specific effects. The marijuana industry would be smart to do a lot of education about how to successfully use their products.

There is going to be a lot of sensationalized news stories about the bad effects in the next few months.
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I only use it as a sleep aid and for Arthritis before bed. Great for joint pain.
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One of the biggest benefits of regulated retail sales is that a user has a lot better chance of getting the right marijuana for the effect they seek.
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For daily users there is considerable evidence showing brain
damage including brain shrinkage and for some the effects are
catastrophic .

IMO any product legally sold should include a big easily
read set of warnings and recommendations by the medical
profession regarding its use ( or rather non use ).

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For daily users there is considerable evidence showing brain
damage including brain shrinkage and for some the effects are
catastrophic .

IMO any product legally sold should include a big easily
read set of warnings and recommendations by the medical
profession regarding its use ( or rather non use ).

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It's early days yet....like with cigs, the warnings came years later. I think pot will get the warnings sooner.

I have heard there is a new saliva test that cops will use. You test pos on it and off to a blood test you go. It's a DUI folks. People will learn they can't do like they used to and drive high without getting caught.
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Why do you think it is suddenly OK to smoke pot? What has changed
that silenced the lobby that fought effectively for years to keep it illegal.
I have been thinking about this and it ain't pretty.
I read this at ZH and it is not clear to me what the author is
getting at . Anyone care to try a translation ?

I also assume a sellout of the public interest or big health
warning signs would be mandatory on each packet .

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For daily users there is considerable evidence showing brain damage including brain shrinkage and for some the effects are catastrophic.
Come on Ross. Hyperbole does not contribute to the national discussion.

There are only a few small studies and as is with all science, there are a lot of questions about their methods. A lot of work needs to be done. The one study that the media picked up on was about adolescents and nobody has suggested that they be allowed to smoke pot, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.
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I read this at ZH and it is not clear to me what the author is getting at . Anyone care to try a translation ?

I also assume a sellout of the public interest or big health
warning signs would be mandatory on each packet.
I think there are several variables but none of them are ugly.

First of all, it has taken a long time.
  • The racism that motivated the prohibition, long ago, is fading
  • Generational change. The Baby Boomers are retiring and want to get high
  • There really are medical uses that opened the door
  • Many of our top political leaders and celebrities have admitted to using which makes it more acceptable
  • Liberals dominate politics right now
  • States want more tax money
  • US growers have accumulated a lot of money and have lobbyists.
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Come on Ross. Hyperbole does not contribute to the national discussion.
That is most certainly not hyperbole , as I understand it there is
now a considerable body of research associating daily use with
serious consequences .

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That is most certainly not hyperbole , as I understand it there is
now a considerable body of research associating daily use with
serious consequences .

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I suspect there are many dangers. Alcohol is dangerous too. So are Rx meds.

I do question if it's really safe to turn it lose as a rec drug. I understand it as a med drug...but then many I met on it medically were using it for rec not med use.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health...cal-marijuana/ makes me really think there are uses and it needs to be classed for medical.

Rec use sounds like a good way to make money in a bad economy. Jobs growing it, jobs selling it, taxes on it......

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

oh and DUI's too. They are busting people for that. More $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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DUI busts for marijuana may mean more tax dollars but any driving impairment potentially carries greater human costs.
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DUI busts for marijuana may mean more tax dollars but any driving impairment potentially carries greater human costs.
CS, before they had tests or standards, people drove on mj and rarely got caught unless they really were unable to drive - even then, it would be reckless driving, not DUI.

Now? DUI

Guess which pays more to the state?
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Pot wasn't nearly as strong back then.
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Pot wasn't nearly as strong back then.
It was just starting to be if you could afford the fancy stuff. I remember my first glimpse of a bud with red hairs and sticky goo.
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Let's talk the stuff today - it's 10 times as strong & certainly merits impaired charges.
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