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Family-owned Colo. marijuana shop wants to become 'Costco of weed' [but with armed guards]
yahoo.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dylan Stableford

Posted on 01/22/2014 11:30:24 PM PST by grundle

The pot business is booming in Colorado, and the owners of one of the state’s largest marijuana dispensaries have big plans: to become the "Costco of weed."

According to the Denver Post's Cannabist, members of the Williams family, who own Medicine Man in northeast Denver, are embarking on a $2.6 million expansion including a 20,000-square-foot retail space "all in white like an Apple store."

"We're building a showcase for the world," Andy Williams, Medicine Man's president and co-founder, told Time magazine.

Their current headquarters — located in Denver's Montbello neighborhood, now dubbed "Potbello" — includes bulletproof glass, armed security guards, 65 video cameras and a $35,000 charcoal air filtration system that is supposed to eliminate the pot smell coming from the building.

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Costo doesn't have armed guards.

Also, Costco only sells things in 50 pound packages.

1 posted on 01/22/2014 11:30:24 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Colorado Is Running Out of Marijuana Thanks to Insatiable Weed Tourists
http://www.mediaite.com/online/colorado-is-running-out-of-marijuana-thanks-to-insatiable-weed-tourists/


2 posted on 01/22/2014 11:34:24 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: grundle
No, Costco relies on the police to shoot the customers. Love, Erik
3 posted on 01/22/2014 11:36:07 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: grundle
When does their A&E series start filming?...

We need a name for the show..

4 posted on 01/22/2014 11:37:45 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050
Superbowl!
5 posted on 01/22/2014 11:47:04 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: ken5050

Bongco


6 posted on 01/22/2014 11:51:58 PM PST by This Just In
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To: grundle

I’d open up an indoor cafe, sell brownies and gum, and name my customers Munchkins.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 11:56:04 PM PST by This Just In
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To: NonValueAdded
Too bad his girlfriend got him illegal amounts of prescription drugs and then dragged him out in public when he knew he was too bombed to leave the house and carry a gun.

Doesn't look like his dad's lawsuits went anywhere either.

8 posted on 01/22/2014 11:56:09 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: grundle

Good heavens, what next?

I’d be more than a little afraid that the Mexican drug cartels would retaliate against me for stealing a good portion of their business. I’m afraid armed guards wouldn’t stand a good chance against the cartels.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 12:17:00 AM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: ken5050

Weed Dynasty. The storyline of a typical family, with grandpa as the head grower, and his four sons. Include a storefront, the farm, natural arguments with the local cops, some conflict with wives, some journalist who keeps asking stupid questions, and a couple college kids from Harvard who want to ‘score’ and take a truckload back to sell on the streets around Harvard.


10 posted on 01/23/2014 12:24:29 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: grundle

should we manage to retake the whitehouse and/or senate, putting these effers in prison should be at the top of our list of things to do.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 12:33:02 AM PST by RC one
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To: leapfrog0202
I’d be more than a little afraid that the Mexican drug cartels would retaliate against me for stealing a good portion of their business.

LOL!

CA medical marijuana dispensaries take in $1B/yr in sales, generating $100M in taxes for the state. CO's medical mj shops make $200M/yr in sales. Add in the numbers from the other 18 states and DC with the program. It's a thriving, multi-billion dollar industry and it's getting bigger.

So where are the cartels?

12 posted on 01/23/2014 1:04:48 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: RC one

It should be clear to even the thickest prohibitionist that the federal war on pot has collapsed and it’s not coming back.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 1:09:31 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: grundle

What’s the armed guards for? Pro-legal pot advocates have been saying legal pot would reduce crime!! And pro-legal pot advocates say pot users are peaceful kind who just want to get high.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 1:26:58 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Ken H

yes yes, Obama has pandered to the pot heads. That can change pretty quick though and it should. This country is screwed up enough without encouraging drug addiction. It sounds like you’re a drug addict already though and, as such, there’s no point trying to reason with you. You will just have to learn the hard way like every other drug addict and alcoholic does. I’ll be sure to give you a nod and a smile when you’re standing on the corner begging for change just like I do for the rest of them.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 1:34:35 AM PST by RC one
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To: Ken H

I just assumed, wrongly obviously. I guess there’s enough money to go around for everyone.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 1:47:49 AM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Ken H
Where are the cartels?

In the state capitol.

17 posted on 01/23/2014 1:53:43 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: This Just In
"bongco"

Ha,ha, thanks for my first laugh of the day.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 3:48:02 AM PST by driftless2
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To: grundle

...so has the State of Colorado commuted the sentences of people serving time for possession of marijuana?


19 posted on 01/23/2014 3:51:25 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RginTN
What’s the armed guards for?

To guard the million$ in cash, Mr. Obvious.

Honestly folks. If I didn't know better, I'd think some of you guys were in CO doing 'opposition research'.

20 posted on 01/23/2014 4:58:21 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: RginTN

An armed society is a polite society, and the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Haven’t you been keeping up?


21 posted on 01/23/2014 4:59:12 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Ken H

This is casino gambling gone horticultural. When the cash-starved States get a whiff of what WA and CO are pulling in from legal marijuana, they’ll be lining up to be next. I know a lot of addle-brained Prohibitionists are crying in their beers over this (the irony!), but that just makes it so much more fun.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 5:01:49 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Pot is weird stuff that can have dramatic affects on some peoples thought processes and memory. The very mention of the word can make liberals suddenly remember the 10th Amendment, and a lot of self-described conservatives suddenly forget it.


23 posted on 01/23/2014 5:05:40 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Super-Blunt!


24 posted on 01/23/2014 5:13:31 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: tacticalogic

I’m afraid there isn’t a drug (legal or illegal) that can instill one with the rarest of all attributes - intellectual consistency.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 5:14:49 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: leapfrog0202
"I’d be more than a little afraid that the Mexican drug cartels would retaliate against me"br>

Illicit drug activity accounts for only a portion of the cartels' source of income. With legalization, they will make even more money, establishing storefronts and retail chains. As legit businessmen now, the cartels will move from trafficking drugs, to more profitable enterprises like extortion and political corruption. No more getting their hands dirty in grow operations or distribution. You do the leg work, the dirty work. They collect a portion of the payoff. Just give them a cut of your action, or your whole family will stop breathing.
26 posted on 01/23/2014 5:29:15 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: RC one

should we manage to retake the whitehouse and/or senate, putting these effers in prison should be at the top of our list of things to do.

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Yes!!! How dare those states attempt to nullify laws the fed has put in place with no Consitituional authority to do so in the first place. And the people of those states should PAY by forfeiting their freedom!!!!


27 posted on 01/23/2014 6:48:23 AM PST by dmz
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To: RC one

This country is screwed up enough without encouraging drug addiction.

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LOL. Never watch any sports on television, do you.

The owners of the airwaves (you know, the FCC) have permitted this forever. (Hint: think Clydesdales)


28 posted on 01/23/2014 6:52:56 AM PST by dmz
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To: dmz
yes, because we have a nation full of alcoholics, we should encourage drug addiction. Brilliant. Oh, and there's no difference between drinking a couple of beers and taking a couple of bong hits of white widow. No difference at all. right? I have been dealing with drug addicts and alcoholics for decades. I am too familiar with their M.O. Everything they say and do revolves around justifying their addiction. It gets to the point where you aren't even talking to a person anymore, you're talking to a disease process, to a slave. And this is what you and Obama want for America? For yourself? what a waste of a life.

Face it. Someone has to be the grown up here.

29 posted on 01/23/2014 7:41:24 AM PST by RC one
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To: RC one
I have been dealing with drug addicts and alcoholics for decades.

I understand if you think that experience makes you better qualified to talk about what public policy should be with regard to drugs. I think Sara Brady believes the same thing with regard to guns, and I have to discount her opinion because she's emotionally attached to the issue and can't be trusted to be objective because of it.

30 posted on 01/23/2014 7:52:11 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: grundle

IL Medical marijuana card will come at high price… no guns.

http://www.gunssavelife.com/?p=10563


31 posted on 01/23/2014 8:19:11 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: tacticalogic

yes, let’s trust the opinions of drug addicts on this matter. there’s so much less “attachment” to the issue that way. LMAO.


32 posted on 01/23/2014 8:24:56 AM PST by RC one
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To: RC one
yes, let’s trust the opinions of drug addicts on this matter. there’s so much less “attachment” to the issue that way. LMAO.

Yes, it's either trust you, or trust the drug addicts. The propaganda artists play that same game. False dichotomies.

33 posted on 01/23/2014 8:56:15 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: NonValueAdded

Yep!


34 posted on 01/23/2014 9:44:11 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: PowderMonkey
PowderMonkey said: "With legalization, they will make even more money, establishing storefronts and retail chains. As legit businessmen now, the cartels will move from trafficking drugs, to more profitable enterprises like extortion and political corruption. "

Political corruption can't exist in an environment of freedom and limited government. If, for example, anybody can run their own casino, then there is no benefit to bribing a zoning official or a legislator.

Who would the cartels extort and why would anybody pay? If kidnapping for ransom was profitable, they would be doing it and are doing it in some locales.

Would you really want to be a criminal enterprise competing directly with Walmart?

I don't know the details of the situation in Colorado, but I do know that pot literally grows on trees. If the law allows people to grow their own without withering taxes, the price will plummet as soon as the first crop is in.

35 posted on 01/23/2014 11:09:46 AM PST by William Tell
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"If the law allows people to grow their own without withering taxes, the price will plummet as soon as the first crop is in."

The first crop is in. Demand is skyrocketing. At $400 per ounce. That a far cry from the days when illegal "Colombian Gold" sold at a whopping $35 per ounce, brought into the U.S. one laborious plane load at a time. Bottom line, I can refute your position with one family name: Kennedy. Old Joe didn't make his money running rum during prohibition. He made his money and accumulated political influence because he was in place and ready to profit handsomely from established networks when prohibition was repealed. Political corruption can't exist in an environment of freedom and limited government? Really?
36 posted on 01/23/2014 11:23:40 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey
PowderMonkey said: "Political corruption can't exist in an environment of freedom and limited government? "

Please provide an example of Kennedy's political corruption that isn't an example of excess government control.

Also, when I smoked tobacco years ago, I consumed one to two packs a day, perhaps thirty cigarettes. Would that habit cost $7 per day now?

What's so different about marijuana that delivering thirty cigarettes per day would have to cost more than $10? I'm pretty sure that's in the neighborhood of an ounce.

37 posted on 01/23/2014 11:38:19 AM PST by William Tell
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RC one said: "yes, because we have a nation full of alcoholics, we should encourage drug addiction. "

Oh, how I yearn for the good old days; when permitting something to free adults did not constitute approval or encouragement.

What other things of which you disapprove would you like to outlaw?

38 posted on 01/23/2014 11:43:24 AM PST by William Tell
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To: William Tell
"What's so different about marijuana that delivering thirty cigarettes per day would have to cost more than $10? I'm pretty sure that's in the neighborhood of an ounce. "

You're playing Obama's game of comparing tobacco to marijuana. Apples and oranges. Everybody loves to get high. The human animal craves intoxication. Hence the "pernicious weed's" popularity, skyrocketing demand, and price. Until that changes, the WOD is an expensive lost cause. Few like tobacco because it makes your teeth yellow and makes you stink and cough up blood. Don't get me wrong. I do not oppose legalization. Just don't tell me everything is going to turn up roses and rainbows upon legalization. I spent many years as an criminal intelligence analyst dealing with organized crime. The cartels are going to grow stronger and more influential, trading knife and gun for law firms and politicians. An example of Kennedy's political corruption that isn't an example of excess government? Old Joe used his money to buy judges, aldermen, precinct captains, union goons, an ambassadorial appointment to the Court of St. James, and a senate seat for his kid leading to a presidency, all in the absence of any government control. Extralegal activity defined.
39 posted on 01/23/2014 12:17:41 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: tacticalogic; William Tell

You’re right, surely nothing but good things will come to the country and the people that embrace drug addiction.


40 posted on 01/23/2014 2:35:36 PM PST by RC one
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To: RC one
You’re right, surely nothing but good things will come to the country and the people that embrace drug addiction.

They call that one the strawman argument.

41 posted on 01/23/2014 2:54:39 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: PowderMonkey
Medical marijuana has been around since 1996 and is now a multi-billion dollar industry (see post #12). It's been legal for over a year for recreational use in 2 states and is doing an absolutely booming business.

So where are the cartels already?

42 posted on 01/23/2014 3:06:28 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H

Big difference between the extant medical end of this business and what’s about to transpire. And even bigger difference between “recreational use” legal, and fully endorsed, govt. sanctioned business enterprise legal. It’s like comparing the neighborhood coffee shop’s cash flow to Starbucks. The cartels are already here and involved. Haven’t you noticed how lately they’ve seemingly “disappeared” from all reporting? Has the violence stopped in Mexico? Did they run out of ammo? Has everything turned to hearts and flowers?


43 posted on 01/23/2014 3:31:59 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey
Big difference between the extant medical end of this business and what’s about to transpire. And even bigger difference between “recreational use” legal, and fully endorsed, govt. sanctioned business enterprise legal.

Oh come on. Medical marijuana is defacto legalization and everybody knows it.

Face it guys, the cartels are not going to do your dirty work. Marijuana prohibition has collapsed in the US and it's not coming back.

44 posted on 01/23/2014 3:43:42 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H

Is medical morphine “defacto legalization”? No. And, you’re right. The cartels are not going to do your dirty work. You will do it for them. Smoke ‘em if ya’ got ‘em. The Sinaloa cartel is counting your business.


45 posted on 01/23/2014 5:42:38 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey
Apple and oranges. Morphine is a federally regulated drug with different prescribing laws and enforcement. Medical marijuana is regulated by the states under the Tenth Amendment and usually with much looser rules.

The point remains. Medical marijuana has been here since 1996 and is raking in billions across 20 states. The cartels have not done squat and they won't.

46 posted on 01/23/2014 7:02:33 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: RC one
RC one said: "You’re right, surely nothing but good things will come to the country and the people that embrace drug addiction."

And I believe that nothing but bad things have come from the War on Some Drugs. I would rather see a million drug addicts dying from overdose than suffer the continuing erosion of the Bill of Rights.

I don't approve of drug abuse. I don't encourage drug abuse. I don't embrace drug abuse.

I would trade the lives of the million drug abusers I mentioned if it would bring back a single person murdered by our government in a mistaken drug raid.

I can't understand how people can claim that decriminalization of drugs will lead to more corruption and greater reward for the drug cartels. It simply didn't happen with alcohol, it's not going to happen with marijuana, and it wouldn't happen with any other drug.

47 posted on 01/23/2014 7:30:43 PM PST by William Tell
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To: NonValueAdded

Thanks for that link.


48 posted on 01/23/2014 7:37:22 PM PST by grundle
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To: tacticalogic

a strawman argument picks a weak, less defensible and largely irrelevant aspect of an argument and focuses on that as opposed to the main relevant point of the argument which is generally a strongly defensible position. This strawman is thrown out by individuals who realize they have no chance of arguing against the previous point and they hope to change the argument in a way that provides them more room to maneuver. As far as I’m concerned, you have thrown out a strawman by claiming strawman because you know that you can not counter my previous point, that the promotion of drug addiction is harmful to society and the individual. You may as well have pointed out a spelling error.


49 posted on 01/23/2014 10:36:00 PM PST by RC one
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To: RC one

agree with you a 100%. Pot is for losers and pot legalization is for nations that want to be loser nations. South Korea is booming and you never here about pot legalization there or in any other booming Asian nation such as Taiwan and Japan, China

The worlds gold and wealth is moving from West to East and one factor is pot usage, other drugs usage and now pot legalization in the US and the West


50 posted on 01/23/2014 10:44:39 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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