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Six Things You Should Know About Buying Pot In Colorado


By Nicole Flatow on January 1, 2014 at 9:00 am


"Six Things You Should Know About Buying Pot In Colorado"



January 1 marks a high point for Colorado’s Amendment 64 — the first day recreational marijuana businesses can legally operate in the state. A little more than a year after Colorado passed its ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, individuals can for the first time sell, produce, and purchase marijuana legally, even without a doctor’s prescription. But to both those eager to light up and those fearful of the consequences, it is worth remembering that there remain more restrictions on the marijuana industry than there are allowances, which proponents hope will better control the health and safety of the industry. With Colorado’s law, federal law, and local law all affecting regulation, here are some key facts about Wednesday’s roll-out:

In-state residents can only buy an ounce at a time. Out-of-staters are limited to 1/4 ounce.

As with alcohol, you must be 21 or older to buy marijuana in Colorado. And if you’re a Coloradan, you can’t buy more than an ounce in a single transaction — the equivalent of about 60 joints. Out-of-state residents, however, can only buy a quarter of an ounce. This is because the state wants to give those individuals only enough to use while they’re visiting, and deter them from taking pot back to their state, where marijuana is almost certainly more restricted. There’s nothing explicit in the law, however, preventing consumers from making two purchases in a day, aside from the fact that it limits possession to one ounce, and the cost. A full ounce costs from $150 to $300 in the medical marijuana market. Recreational prices could be even higher, particularly once sellers add on the 25 percent tax approved by Colorado voters.

You can’t smoke in public, especially not on federal property.

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While marijuana purchase and possession of up to an ounce are legalized, public display and consumption are not. You can’t smoke marijuana in the street, but you also can’t smoke it at any bars, clubs, or even at a marijuana store. While public smoking is prohibited, the state penalty is considered a petty offense carrying a penalty of $100 fine or up to 15 days in jail. Federal prosecution could subject you to a much greater penalty, however, particularly for those smoking on public property. Possession of marijuana on federal land is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. After the Washington and Colorado ballot initiatives were passed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle issued a statement reminding that “it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings, national parks and forests, military installations, and courthouses.”

You can grow your own pot, but you can’t sell it if you’re not licensed by the stat

The major component of Colorado’s law that goes into effect January 1 is the licensing and oversight of the marijuana industry. Those wishing to sell or produce marijuana applied to the state for a license. In the first round, only those already operating as medical marijuana dispensaries were considered. And out of more than 500 medical dispensaries, only 136 are now also authorized to sell recreational marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation — so long as they comply with the state’s extensive testing and state oversight rules to ensure the safety of the product. Those wishing to consume pot in the state can either grow their own — up to six plants — or they can buy it at a licensed dispensary. But if they want to share it with their friends, no money should change hands, since nobody without a license is permitted to sell pot, even through hand-to-hand transactions.

You can’t take marijuana out of the state.

coloradomarijuanaRecreational marijuana is only legal in Colorado and Washington. So once you leave the Colorado border, you are entering territory with another, more restrictive state marijuana law. Surrounding states including Kansas and Wyoming have already seen increasing busts of marijuana near the borders after the passage of the ballot initiative last year legalized possession. And one of the major concerns of the federal government that could change their hands-off approach to marijuana is the interstate transport of pot. So while the feds may steer clear of prosecuting state-compliant Colorado dispensaries for now, they may get more aggressive about prosecuting even small-time marijuana offenses at the state border.

You may have to travel a long way to find a legal dispensary.

Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved the marijuana legalization ballot initiative, but that doesn’t mean the localities want dispensaries in their own jurisdiction. As of September, more than 100 localities had banned dispensaries or imposed a moratorium, including most of the ten largest cities in Colorado. In fact, out of 136 dispensaries that received state licenses to sell recreational marijuana, 102 are in Denver. So while possession remains legal everywhere, finding a legal place for purchase will be a significant burden in some parts of the state, potentially increasing the likelihood that some will violate the state law.

Federal authorities are cracking down hard on the bad actors

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. And for years, to the dismay of the medical marijuana community, federal authorities continued to go after state dispensaries seemingly in compliance with state laws. But this past November, they conducted a raid that seemed aimed solely at those violating or exploiting the state’s medical marijuana law, and seemingly had the support even of the medical marijuana community. In fact, as Sam Kamin and Joel Westword explained recently in Slate, the state is going to need all the help it can get tracking the plant from seed to sale, and enforcing its own scheme of regulation. So while the feds may look the other way as those complying with Colorado law violate the Controlled Substances Act, those violating the new Colorado law may find themselves even more susceptible to punishment by state and federal authorities.

Medical marijuana patients will have increased acces

Colorado already has a medical marijuana law that allows those with a doctor’s approval to buy pot from state dispensaries. But the law doesn’t help everybody. Some medical conditions are not covered by the law, meaning a doctor can’t prescribe marijuana for those ailments. And some may not have taken advantage simply because they are embarrassed to ask their doctor for a recommendation. Under the new law, all of these folks have access. In fact, the first official patient scheduled to purchase marijuana Wednesday morning was an Iraq War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that is not covered by the state’s medical marijuana law.

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Do you smoke Ray?

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LOL...

Colorado marijuana tourism company launches after pot legalization
By John Ingold
The Denver Post
Posted: 03/31/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT
Updated: 03/31/2013 04:10:18 AM MDT

Welcome to canna-ful Colorado.

Two Denver entrepreneurs with ties to the medical-marijuana industry have started the nation's first marijuana tourism company. For several hundred bucks — prices vary between VIP and economy levels — My 420 Tours will pick visitors up at the airport, connect them to a pot-friendly hotel, set up hash-making demonstrations and dispensary-grow tours, and provide them with tickets to cannabis-themed events and concerts. The company's first package is built around April 20, a date cannabis enthusiasts regard as a holiday known as 4/20.


Mississippi should make it legal to smokeout at casinoes.... that would increase trourism [Wink] the casinos here are pitiful

my understanding is that less than an ounce in MS is only a misdemeanor, but whenever they get anyone for more than an ounce tey call it distribution and it goes on the news as if it's a huge bust..

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No I don't smoke nor do I drink. But I have nothing against those that do.

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Some fertile ground to grow in Mississippi. The state could make a ton with industrial hemp.

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i would prolly smoke a littel bit now an-then if were legal.... i don't really like getting an alcohol buzz, so i prolly wouldn't like gettting really stoned either.

IMO? i trust peope who smoke pot alot more than those that drink. esp some of the hangovers i've seen people with.... when i was working in California i saw some young glassblowere smoking really skunky (indica? "dank", "chronic" i dunno what they called it but it smelled like skunks making wild passioante love) weed and screwing up just as much as if they'd been drikning Wild Turkey tho, so i suppose the potency matters. I would prolly choose milder stuff than most people smoke these days..

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Originally Posted By Glassman:

IMO? i trust peope who smoke pot alot more than those that drink. esp some of the hangovers i've seen people with.... when i was working in California i saw some young glassblowere smoking really skunky (indica? "dank", "chronic" i dunno what they called it but it smelled like skunks making wild passioante love) weed and screwing up just as much as if they'd been drikning Wild Turkey tho, so i suppose the potency matters. I would prolly choose milder stuff than most people smoke these days..
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I think if you smoke it quite a bit, you probably have a much better idea of which is stronger, but what is weak to them might be overwhelming for a newbe.

So for the person using it for very occasional use or even medical reasons, it's going to be hard to gage.

The problem is, who do you really trust to give you the right advice.

Some of those doctors prescribing at this point, are a little over the edge for the newbe.

And like any drug, you have to watch for possible side effects and reactions to other medications or illnesses, especially heart related problems.

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In my younger days I used to smoke it quite a bit but now that I'm all grown up (sort of) I can't handle it anymore. Last time was a few years ago with my neighbor, after about 20 minutes all I wanted to do was go home, turn all the lights off and listen to Dark Side of the Moon.
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In my younger days I used to smoke it quite a bit but now that I'm all grown up (sort of) I can't handle it anymore. Last time was a few years ago with my neighbor, after about 20 minutes all I wanted to do was go home, turn all the lights off and listen to Dark Side of the Moon.

that has to be followed with Led Zeppelin 1,2,3,4

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Those people in Colorado buying marijuana on day 1 of legalization...they look really happy


2:30 PM - 1 Jan 2014

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Recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado on Wednesday.

What started out as a a few people lining up outside pot shops early Wednesday quickly grew to crowds of hundreds as the day progressed.

With the rise in demand came the rise in prices as well. One shop reportedly raised its price for an eighth of an ounce from $25 to $45.

“What I love about it is the peacefulness of the crowd … and the diversity,” said Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks.

Chrissy and Logan Robinson were one of the first in line at one shop.

“I’ve been waiting 34 years for this moment,” Chrissy said. “I’ve been smoking since I was 14. No more sneaking around.”

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Smoke them if you got them people


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/legalizing-marijuana-washington-state_n _2249238.html

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Once Colorado and Washington show how much tax money they are taking in I think a lot of states will follow suit.

Remember, the polititians we have today care about the bottom line, the dollar. If they can see those dollar signs, they will begin foaming at the mouth of all the spending they could do, or special interests they can hook up.

Play the game!

Its ok to stuff kids with SSRIs, but when it comes to legalizing they claim that kids will have more access to it. Well, I never had any problem scoring a bag back in high school. In fact it was a lot easier to get a bag of weed than a pack of smokes, or a bottle of vodka.

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