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First state-licensed marijuana retailers to open January 1 in Colorado
Reuters ^ | Dec. 28, 2013

Posted on 12/28/2013 3:04:45 PM PST by Wolfie

First state-licensed marijuana retailers to open January 1 in Colorado

The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers, catering to Colorado's newly legal recreational market for pot, are stocking their shelves ahead of a New Year's grand opening that supporters and detractors alike see as a turning point in America's drug culture.

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 year under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters.

But starting January 1, cannabis will be legally sold and taxed at specially regulated retailers in a system modeled after a regime many states have in place for alcohol sales - but which exists for marijuana nowhere outside of Colorado.

For the novelty factor alone, operators of the first eight marijuana retailers slated to open on Wednesday morning in Denver and a handful of establishments in other locations are anticipating a surge in demand for store-bought weed.

"It will be like people waiting in line for tickets to a Pink Floyd concert," said Justin Jones, 39, owner of Dank Colorado in Denver who has run a medical marijuana shop for four years and now has a recreational pot license.

Jones said he is confident he has enough marijuana on hand for Day One but less sure of inventory levels needed after that.

About 90 percent of his merchandise is in smokable form, packaged in small child-proof containers. The rest is a mixture of cannabis-infused edibles, such as cookies, candy and carbonated drinks.

"People seem to prefer smoking," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; pot; stoners; wod

1 posted on 12/28/2013 3:04:45 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Dude! Is there someplace around here I can get some Doritos?


2 posted on 12/28/2013 3:10:37 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Due to their fat content, they’ve been outlawed. Sorry.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 3:16:30 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: gundog

Along with 16 ounce sodas.


4 posted on 12/28/2013 3:28:45 PM PST by Sasparilla
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To: Wolfie
The possession of even a microgram of marijuana is a violation of Federal law.A first offense can get you a year in Federal prison.A second offense can get you *two* years.Is this yet *another* law that Osama Obama & Pals plan to ignore?
5 posted on 12/28/2013 3:40:09 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Is this yet *another* law that Osama Obama & Pals plan to ignore?

Yes, Eric Holder has said so.

6 posted on 12/28/2013 3:52:46 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Gay State Conservative

I don’t know the answer, but I hope someone does. This is a clear conflict of federal and state laws.

I’m not clear on how a state can override a federal law, when there is already a federal law on the subject. Hopefully someone can educate all of us.

I would hate to see federal agents arresting people in Colorado based on this.


7 posted on 12/28/2013 3:54:13 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
-- I'm not clear on how a state can override a federal law, when there is already a federal law on the subject. --

A state can't. The only thing standing in the way of prosecution is restraint on the part of the feds. Most laws are selectively enforced anyway.

Feds seize $1M in marijuana from Boulder County grow, raid Nederland dispensary - Boulder Daily Camera, 21 November 2013

8 posted on 12/28/2013 4:01:11 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Wolfie
Does this stuff treat excess schadenfreude*.

*scha·den·freu·de. noun, often capitalized \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\. : a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. ie "He delighted in the abject misery of Drug Warriors seeing legalized marijuana."

9 posted on 12/28/2013 4:08:46 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Wolfie
First state-licensed marijuana retailers to open January 1 in Colorado

They'll be sooooorrrryyy.

Colorado...The new Gateway to Gateway drugs and the destination of every undesirable "marijuana tourist" on the planet.

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10 posted on 12/28/2013 4:21:58 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"Is this yet *another* law that Osama Obama & Pals plan to ignore?"

Yes. A local pot-linked business advertises on local radio in a very wealthy and influential area of CO that he said something about having "bigger fish to fry."


11 posted on 12/28/2013 4:51:59 PM PST by familyop
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To: Cboldt

Question:

You’re working a job that requires you to submit to random drug tests. If you smoke the weed in Colorado and test positive for a legal substance (weed) is your job at risk in Colorado?


12 posted on 12/28/2013 5:19:18 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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To: Tail Gunner John

Interesting question and sounds like a “jobs program” for attorneys....


13 posted on 12/28/2013 5:21:54 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Tail Gunner John
-- You're working a job that requires you to submit to random drug tests. If you smoke the weed in Colorado and test positive for a legal substance (weed) is your job at risk in Colorado? --

That's up to the employer. Most test for alcohol (legal), with some threshhold limit for acceptability. We would test setup men for alcohol and pot if they made an error in setup (which could cause a loss of 50 or 100 grand in tooling).

14 posted on 12/28/2013 5:27:13 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I’m not clear on how a state can override a federal law, when there is already a federal law on the subject. Hopefully someone can educate all of us.

Laws are enforced selectively now...(not like they weren't before...) Didn't you know?

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 12/28/2013 5:38:20 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Wolfie

After the boys from below the border open a few ‘Cartel Smokehouse’ chain stores how ‘bout sending them to DC to
help implement the “Affordable Healthcare Act”. Hell,
insurance should have to cover weed too.


16 posted on 12/28/2013 6:43:28 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I’m not clear on how a state can override a federal law, when there is already a federal law on the subject. Hopefully someone can educate all of us.

The Obama regime rules by executive fiat. They enforce the laws they like, and ignore the laws they don't like. Heck, His Heinous even makes up laws when it suits him.

Remember how the regime came down on Arizona for having the temerity to enforce the federal laws on illegal immigration within the borders of their own state?

And what does Congress have to say about it? Not a whisper.

17 posted on 12/28/2013 6:57:27 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
And what does Congress have to say about it? Not a whisper.

Congress complaining about creative interpetation of a law they passed under the "substantial effects" doctine of the New Deal Commerce Clause would ooze irony.

18 posted on 12/28/2013 7:03:33 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’m not clear where the Constitution gives the Federal government the power to regulate recreational drugs. Didn’t we have to amend the Constitution to give Washington the power to outlaw alcohol?


19 posted on 12/28/2013 8:09:22 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Wolfie

A 7-11 selling pot would clean up in this affair!


20 posted on 12/28/2013 8:22:22 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“I’m not clear on how a state can override a federal law, when there is already a federal law on the subject. Hopefully someone can educate all of us.”

10th Amendment.


21 posted on 12/28/2013 8:22:48 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Tail Gunner John

“You’re working a job that requires you to submit to random drug tests. If you smoke the weed in Colorado and test positive for a legal substance (weed) is your job at risk in Colorado?”

Yes. A court challenge will no doubt happen and clear that up. We already have a law that says an employer cannot fire someone for activities outside of the workplace.


22 posted on 12/28/2013 8:23:49 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: SoothingDave

“I’m not clear where the Constitution gives the Federal government the power to regulate recreational drugs. Didn’t we have to amend the Constitution to give Washington the power to outlaw alcohol?”

Excellent point.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 8:24:26 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


24 posted on 12/28/2013 8:34:40 PM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Sasparilla

...and as of Jan 1, 2014, 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs.

I cant flush my toilet with too much water or not have health insurance that meets the governments “standards” under fear of penalty and/or incarceration, but in Colorado I CAN GET HIGH! HIGH! HIGH!

We live in BIZZARO LAND !!!


25 posted on 12/28/2013 8:41:37 PM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Delta 21
...and as of Jan 1, 2014, 60 and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs.

I cant flush my toilet with too much water or not have health insurance that meets the governments “standards” under fear of penalty and/or incarceration, but in Colorado I CAN GET HIGH! HIGH! HIGH!

So which of the above comport with the Tenth Amendment, and which do not?

26 posted on 12/28/2013 10:24:13 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H

It depends on with which on you get caught crossing the state line.

A trunk load of either will land you in federal court.

The light bulbs would be legal also if they were manufactured and sold exclusively within the state. Constitutionally, the feds wouldnt have a leg to stand on.

Not that that has ever stopped them before.


27 posted on 12/29/2013 6:03:20 AM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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