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MARIJUANA IN AMERICA: COLORADO POT RUSH
CNBC TV ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | Harry Smith

Posted on 02/26/2014 12:45:28 PM PST by shove_it

A legal Rocky Mountain high

Marijuana, still illegal under federal law, is now at the center of a thriving industry that’s attracting a new breed of entrepreneurs, as Colorado becomes the first state to allow the sale of pot for recreational use.

Colorado made history as the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use. NBC News correspondent Harry Smith tells the story behind this stunning development, which has been called one of the great social experiments of the next century.

Premieres Wednesday, February 26th at 10p on CNBC TV

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: co; colorado; marijuana; pot
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1 posted on 02/26/2014 12:45:28 PM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

It will stink worse than Starbucks coffee no doubt.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 12:46:24 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: shove_it; All
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3 posted on 02/26/2014 12:48:05 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

MM, you are quick!


4 posted on 02/26/2014 12:49:10 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Resolute Conservative

I don’t like Starbuds tm. They over roast the leaves,
gives it a bitter taste.
I like their double Lotte decaff Majoon though.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 12:49:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: shove_it

Where are the head shops getting their pot? Is it now legal to grow it in Colorado?


6 posted on 02/26/2014 12:49:37 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Dunno. You better watch the show.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 12:51:18 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes it is legal but highly regulated and tracked. Every individual planta is tracked by the government.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 12:53:44 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I think they have commercial growers approved by the state. I know I read of one company that was ramping up a huge indoor facility to try to meet demand. You can also grow your own legally, but I think that’s only for a handful of plants, you can’t supply the neighborhood or anything like that.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 12:54:23 PM PST by Stevenc131
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To: shove_it

I heard the Girl Scouts set up a cookie stand outside one of the marijuana shops ...


10 posted on 02/26/2014 12:54:29 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: shove_it
NBC News correspondent Harry Smith tells the story behind this stunning development, which has been called one of the great social experiments of the next century.

Hopefully it's the beginning of the end of a 77-year old failed social experiment: federal prohibition of MJ.

Enacted to prevent black jazz musicians from having sex with white women, doncha know ...

11 posted on 02/26/2014 12:59:13 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: shove_it

Colorado the Loser State bump for later......


12 posted on 02/26/2014 12:59:33 PM PST by indthkr
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To: shove_it

Free enterprise is grand, ain’t it?


13 posted on 02/26/2014 1:00:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: tet68

I refuse to order from Starbuds, because they make me call a twenty-sack a “vente”. Sorry, but this is America, dagnabbit!


14 posted on 02/26/2014 1:02:13 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: shove_it

Dope and homosex. That’s certainly what America stands for nowadays. The US flag should replace the stars-and-stripes with depictions of marijuana leaves and anuses.

What a depraved cesspool of a country this has become.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 1:03:19 PM PST by greene66
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To: shove_it

“Rocky Mountain Hiiiigh ...in Colorado”
Where is John Denver now?

It was just announced the tax income to a local city from only two store fronts for the month of January was $57,000.

The politicians feel they have found a gold mine for political revenue.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 1:05:17 PM PST by Balata (Obama is a Lying Fraud, and so are his followers!)
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To: shove_it

Let’s get to the meat of the issue. How many Coloradians as a percentage are now getting high because it’s legal? How many new pot heads?


17 posted on 02/26/2014 1:05:35 PM PST by JPX2011
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To: JPX2011

Schools will be holding pot parties instead of pizza parties...


18 posted on 02/26/2014 1:08:22 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: JPX2011

Can’t tell you, but the Bronco’s play off game had large numbers of San Diego fans here sampling for a week before the game and the same with the New England fans.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 1:08:31 PM PST by Balata (Obama is a Lying Fraud, and so are his followers!)
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To: Stevenc131

Can you grow your own and skip paying the head shops?


20 posted on 02/26/2014 1:10:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: GeronL

No doubt. With the offical Moochelle seal of approval. Let’s get moving and roll those joints!


21 posted on 02/26/2014 1:11:26 PM PST by JPX2011
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To: Balata

I’d be inclined to think that says something about the modern NFL fan, but that would be a broad generalization.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 1:12:23 PM PST by JPX2011
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To: Stevenc131

Next, they’ll say the drought is caused by all the pot growers using all the water, , , blah blah blah


23 posted on 02/26/2014 1:15:28 PM PST by uddaudd
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To: shove_it

Great socialist experiment. Best of all dopes and medicated, mind-altered morons are euphoric from their substance of choice and are less likely to use their rational faculties to examine the manipulations and plunder by their pushers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN6eTXA0VlI

Hey, where’s that blood test/breathalyzer to determine level of toxicity dude? MAPS - Mothers Against Pot Smokers?

FReedumb/Munchies/Putty-in-the-hands-of-Progressives/Zombie Apocalypse BUMP!


24 posted on 02/26/2014 1:17:19 PM PST by PGalt
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To: bassmaner
of the end of a 77-year old failed social experiment: federal prohibition of MJ.

Greater than a social experiment, is testing drug legalization as an economic experiment. One of the predictive outcomes of legalization is the MJ would drop in price and drive the legal trade out of business. It turns out, as many others predicted, that legal MJ would be taxed and regulated thus the price would not drop. Turns out in Colorado, this prediction is more than true. Legal MJ is ten time more expensive than illegal MJ. This is increasing illegal activily just as high cigarette tax causes bootlegging from other states and Canada.

I would also suspect that the illegal trade will start producing more potent MJ not allowed by the state. This will drive more to the illegal trade.

Bottom line, there is a personal liberty argument with drug use, but the idea that legalization will reduce crime does not fit the economic outcomes.

25 posted on 02/26/2014 1:22:22 PM PST by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: 11th Commandment
Exactly, it's a new source of revenue for the politicians.

Just ask the Governor.

26 posted on 02/26/2014 1:26:49 PM PST by Balata (Obama is a Lying Fraud, and so are his followers!)
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To: greene66

You got it. America is hellbent on life in a sewer.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 1:29:53 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Balata

Wanna bet that they’ll find a way to spend it at twice the rate that it enters the tax coffers?


28 posted on 02/26/2014 1:29:56 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: shove_it

...so are people who are sitting in jail for possession of pot being set free yet?


29 posted on 02/26/2014 1:31:27 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: shove_it; All
FR: Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade

30 posted on 02/26/2014 1:35:51 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: 11th Commandment
If regulations are stupid and tax rates onerous, then I'm afraid you're probably correct.

Also, as long as there's questionable legality anywhere along the supply chain from the plant in the soil to end user, then uncertainty will be injected into any business decision surrounding it, which will undoubtedly drive up prices. My guess is that prices of legal weed will come down *if* a predictable state regulatory environment and a reasonable tax structure evolves, and the looming specter of fedgov interference is eliminated.

Alas, I see politics getting in the way and screwing any possibility of that happening, at least in the near term. And I doubt that federal prohibition laws will be repealed anytime soon, so that Damocletion (?) sword will remain dangling.

31 posted on 02/26/2014 1:37:22 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: tet68

I know a little more about this topic than most folks , and I tell you this : Weed is a bad things , it does not help your youthful mental development , in fact it leads to many problems that manifest later in life , including depression . It is a de-motivator , just when folks needs to be putting it in gear , they are kicking back. It causes your youthful decision making capacities to go askew . It is truly not worth the risks . There will always be a segment of people in the world that are inclined to just let themselves go to this substance , but it’s a mistake for any society to encourage it . It is but one more nail in America’s coffin . Marijuana does not foster ‘enlightenment ‘ rather egotism . It causes people to vote Liberal in an uninformed and careless manner . It is a a-patriotic causation . None of this is good . Leave it alone , put it down , don’t legalize it . Anywhere .


32 posted on 02/26/2014 1:43:46 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: bassmaner
77-year old failed social experiment

That has stripped us of our Constitutional rights (No-Knock, Asset Forfeiture), a police force that abuses the people, widespread disrespect for law enforcement, astronomical prison costs and cops, politicians and drug dealers working together to protect the status quo.

While not a panacea, ending marijuana prohibition will be as beneficial to the society as ending alcohol prohibition.

33 posted on 02/26/2014 2:00:44 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Politics are just the rules - Power is the game!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

and when that don’t work it will be cocaine and meth and then “why ban it for kids?”

and the spiral down the crapper continues


34 posted on 02/26/2014 2:01:53 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: LeoWindhorse
Weed is a bad things , it does not help your youthful mental development , in fact it leads to many problems that manifest later in life , including depression . It is a de-motivator , just when folks needs to be putting it in gear , they are kicking back. It causes your youthful decision making capacities to go askew .

Nobody is talking about legalizing it for kids, for the love of God. You're right about everything you say about marijuana's effects on kids, no doubt, but NOBODY is advocating that it be legal for CHILDREN. "Give the government the power to regulate a plant and put people in jail for smoking something in their own home. It's for the chiiiiiiildreeeeeeeen."
35 posted on 02/26/2014 2:07:57 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: LeoWindhorse

I wouldn’t have agreed with you thirty years ago,
but I do now.
Keep pot for the old people!


36 posted on 02/26/2014 2:09:40 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Today’s pot smells like across between a dead skunk that has been in the sun for three days and and elephant fart.


37 posted on 02/26/2014 2:10:50 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: GeronL
Just like it is with alcohol.

No one uses liquor responsibly, they sit around mainlining Everclear.

The people most upset about legal weed are drug pushers, cops and politicians.

Powerful forces keep drugs illegal for a variety of reasons: money, power and control.

38 posted on 02/26/2014 2:13:08 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Politics are just the rules - Power is the game!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
The people most upset about legal weed are drug pushers, cops and politicians.

Because every "normal person" is pro-weed...

Libertopians are enemies of civilization

39 posted on 02/26/2014 2:18:58 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’m not exactly sure, but I read somewhere you can grow your own in small quantities...just don’t take my word for it, I read it on blog.


40 posted on 02/26/2014 2:26:59 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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“Because every “normal person” is pro-weed...”

No, but every decent person should be against the pointless prohibition. It has resulted in NOTHING but wasted tax dollars and ever-increasing abuses of our rights.

Creating stores and allowing sales is debatable but you will NEVER stop people from growing a houseplant. Anyone who wants to smoke it will ALWAYS be able to smoke it.

I'm just sick of cops having the power to point guns at us while breaking down our doors, taking "undocumented" cash, invading our privacy and searching body cavities over suspicion of possessing some stupid plant that a 10yo kid can grow.

Drugs can also be easily planted and it creates an easy way to imprison anyone at will. The only witness needed is a cop that pulls a mysterious palm-sized baggy from your back pocket. Heck, some of the boys can even put on a good show for the camera. And if you complain, it's cavity search time. The camera says you're a dope dealer and the jury will enjoy watching your rape. Especially if the hero cops "find" some more drugs in your butt.

41 posted on 02/26/2014 3:39:16 PM PST by varyouga
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To: varyouga

Preach your pro-pot/meth/coacaine/end the age of consent Libertardness to someone else


42 posted on 02/26/2014 3:48:28 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: fr_freak

Newsflash : Children grow up !.....

By youth I mean early teens thru 20 somethings : it is devastating , in subtle ways . Most don’t even notice it .
Ask any young pot smoker who they vote for and why ? I challenge you . Very very few will give you an intelligent and informed answer . This is a major reason why America is going precipitously downhill , it is literally going to pot .
And all the various nutball ideas and behaviors that come with it .


43 posted on 02/26/2014 4:07:33 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: tet68

that cambodian red was pretty bad stuff wasn’t it ?

Ask Bowe Bergdahl ; get high every day , come up with flaky ideas and walk off the FOB .... Back in Vietnam how many guys didn’t take cover fast enough and got wasted from being wasted ?


44 posted on 02/26/2014 4:09:32 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

Not always the case, many times it was the smokers
who were first cause they were freaking out. It was
generally the alcoholics who were the last to show.


45 posted on 02/26/2014 4:23:48 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“Is it now legal to grow it in Colorado?”

Under state law it is. But not under federal law. However, a few years ago obama announced that he would ignore his sworn oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws of our land and order the federal organs under his control to NOT enforce the federal marijuana laws.


46 posted on 02/26/2014 4:50:00 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Lmo56

“I heard the Girl Scouts set up a cookie stand outside one of the marijuana shops ...”

Yeah, they have a new pot-cookie formulation they’re selling now in Colorado.


47 posted on 02/26/2014 4:51:14 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“Can you grow your own and skip paying the head shops?”

Yes.


48 posted on 02/26/2014 4:52:15 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: PoloSec; Blood of Tyrants

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_Colorado

Since the enactment of Colorado Amendment 64, adults aged 21 or older can grow up to six cannabis plants (with no more than half being mature flowering plants), privately in a locked space, legally possess all cannabis from the plants they grow (as long as it stays where it was grown),[1] legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis while traveling,[2] and give as a gift up to one ounce to other citizens 21 years of age or older.[3]


49 posted on 02/26/2014 4:58:32 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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However, a few years ago obama announced that he would ignore his sworn oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the laws of our land and order the federal organs under his control to NOT enforce the federal marijuana laws.

I told some friends of mine that if he kept that promise it would be the first one. 0buttcrack didn't disappoint me. Two years later his AG, Eric the "Red," announced that the DoJ would be cracking down on CA pot shops. lol

50 posted on 02/26/2014 5:26:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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