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Marijuana Farmers Markets Proposed In Boulder
Posted by CN Staff on July 13, 2013 at 05:07:58 PT
By Eleazar David Melendez
Source: Huffington Post
Boulder -- A Colorado entrepreneur is pushing to make buying marijuana nearly as easy as shopping for heirloom tomatoes. Justin Hartfield, the CEO of a Denver-based website that maps and collects reviews on marijuana dispensaries, is currently shepherding an initiative that would allow “organic cannabis farmers markets” in the city of Boulder.Colorado legalized recreational weed in 2012, and regulators at the state level are working out the rules that brick-and-mortar recreational pot shops will have to follow when they open their doors next year. Hartfield wants local officials in Boulder to push even further, allowing the creation of markets like the ones now used to haggle over white asparagus and organic lavender.
“I got news for you: Marijuana is legal in Colorado,” Hartfield, a longtime marijuana activist, said. “It’s no longer a drug in a sense. It’s a plant. It’s a commodity. There’s no reason not to allow trade in it openly.”Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but federal authorities have mostly allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to exist in states where the drug has been legalized for that purpose. Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized the drug for recreational use, how federal authorities will respond is unclear.Hartfield admits his idea -- first reported on by Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper -- is likely to be “controversial,” but says it’s nothing more than a logical extension of the movement to make pot legal. His proposal envisions plots within agricultural areas in Boulder set up as secure spaces where cannabis growers would “showcase their products, introduce their customers to the growing operation, demonstrate their practices, and host community-oriented events that provide marketing opportunities.” From 26 to 99 vendors would be allowed.“It really is very similar to any other organic market,” Hartfield said. “The only difference is this plant has certain peculiarities that, say, a tomato doesn’t. Boulder has a rich history of organic markets, and Boulder is also a city in a state where cannabis is legal. It just makes sense.”Several county and city officials interviewed by The Huffington Post weren’t so sure the plan would make sense under local regulations, but said they would be open to set the plan in motion if that happened to be the will of Boulder’s citizens. Mike Bunuelos, a spokesman for the City of Boulder, explained current regulations don’t allow anything but produce grown at an outdoor farm to be sold on agricultural land. That would make it illegal to set up ganja stalls in farm areas, since Colorado state regulations currently only allow for weed to be grown indoors.“What they’re proposing is to sell a product in an agricultural zone, and under our current regulations that’s not allowed,” Bunuelos said. “We would have to change the current zoning legislation, and that would have to be a political process involving the City Council.”Dale Case, director of the Boulder County Land Use Department, was more succinct: “The elected officials are the ones that would direct us to do something like this.”Both municipal officials also noted that state regulations regarding retail sales of marijuana, which would supersede local rules in most instances, are still being hammered out.That fact does not necessarily dissuade Hartfield, who is using the push for marijuana farmers’ markets to drive attention to one of his business ventures, a startup website called SimpleGov.com. The site, which promises people the ability to funnel all kinds of requests directly to city officials in their town, is hosting the Boulder petition.Following a blast email to 300,000 people across the United States earlier this week, Hartfield’s plan for an outdoor kush bazaar had garnered 66 supporters on the site early Friday.Hartfield said he’s aiming to start by getting local officials to simply comment on his plan.In regards to regulations for marijuana sales, local officials in Colorado are “kind of punting, passing the buck on marijuana," he said."The [state marijuana legalization] laws are brand new, and haven’t been fully enacted yet," he said. "They’re waiting to see what it looks like, and we realize they really want to get it right. But we're pushing them to act on it."“Right now, we’ll consider any response from the officials as a success -- good, bad, or indifferent,” Hartfield said.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Eleazar David Melendez Published: July 12, 2013Copyright: 2013 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/g57kp9MfCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 19, 2013 at 05:08:48 PT
Paint with light
It is great to see you and to know you are doing well. I have been very busy with our close friends that have AIDS. They only found out a few months ago and for us it was a real mind blower. Death is getting very close for him but his wife is holding her own luckily even though she has Aids Wasting Syndrome and is skin and bones. I don't comment much because of this very serious issue that is consuming all my time right now. 
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Comment #12 posted by Paint with light on July 19, 2013 at 00:41:42 PT
Comment #1
I read this article on yahoo and thought about you.I came over to see if it had been posted.Glad to see it was.I've been too busy to drop by.I'm doing tech support for a major computer manufacturer.I go to work, study about work, and do my photography in what spare time is left.I miss the free time I had when I was doing the art show circuit. Then I had lots of time to come here and comment.I'm glad to see this happening in the first state that adopted the legal like alcohol idea I always proposed.I always said after we opened the door with an idea the majority would accept(legal like alcohol), then it would just be a matter of time till we could see concepts such as the farmer's market.It was always inevitable that we would win and how we would win.The battle has turned in our favor and there is no going back now.There is a lot left to be done.I look forward to the coming final battles of this insane war.Take care FoM.Legal like alcohol.....and produce. 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on July 14, 2013 at 18:15:38 PT
Wonder where the lions are....
I wonder where the tigers are.Cool song and pics, Afterburner. Thanks.I dreamed of a tiger at the door... and at the window.They were scary.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on July 13, 2013 at 23:49:56 PT
Thank you, Hemp World, and Yes, Sam Adams...
I'm doing very well, indeed, as far as I can tell. Except that I make more mistakes, and miss them, more easily than I used to. Having said that, a lot of my brain cell function does seem to have improved in recent months and the best thing... for some months now... I feel normal. I feared I never would again. But I do... and It's rejoicing wonderful.Of course, I do wish I could enjoy the cancer fighting benefits of cannabis that might be found in the food products and the juiced leaves and all, of cannabis, that I hear about. But maybe it will happen sooner that I realize that I and other Texans can enjoy those benefits legally like some people can. I'm not going to complain, though. I'm alive and I'm seeing some amazing wonderful things happen. Afterburner, I just saw your post, as I was finishing this one, I'm going to listen to that song again tomorrow evening so that I can hear it better and maybe understand it better than I can right now. Thank you! 
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on July 13, 2013 at 21:27:43 PT
Hope #5 -- A song for hemp & freedom dreaming
Bruce Cockburn ~ Wondering where the lions are (1979) lyrics ô♫ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HonB2BV6fmw&NR=1&feature=endscreen
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Comment #8 posted by mexweed on July 13, 2013 at 14:00:08 PT:
diet
Congratulations Sam on the alcohol and sugar, I've had a similar benefit in recent years caused by Gaawd sending arthritis to teach me to give more attention to diet and exercise. People like runruff's unhealthy-looking prohibs at the convention are typically caught in a "round", bleeding money as they go: it includes caffeine to fend off the dopiness caused by the junk food diet and protect against forgetfulness disasters that can get you in trouble on the job, etc., then evenings I know one guy who selfmedicates away the sleeplessness caused by the coffee with-- alcohol. And sometimes the next morning-- headache, need Tylenol.  Another tip: watch for someone pouring down a quick gulp of something-- coffee, beer etc.-- or swallowing incompletely chewed food hurriedly, bypassing the saliva censor. Gaawd intended you not only to chew foods down to liquid state, but thereby to get the saliva with its thousands of pre-digestive factors in contact with literally EVERY MOLECULE in the food substance before swallowing. Fast eating or drinking is a sign that the person is in a self-medicating mode rather than pursuing nutrition (health, strength, energy).The role of cannabis in nutrition reform includes:a. Practice discipline with Our Four Hour Tour: the first hour after tokes, nothing but water; second hour, no food except CHEW maybe one mouthful of some fruit such as orange or melon; no "refined" foods of any kind for four hours after a toke.b. During first hours after a toke, get exercise including intelligently paced manual labor doing some ethically excellent jobs for the planet.c. One way to get trace elements of alcohol and caffeine (with their provacative, edudcational flavor benefits) is to mix a little of such substances into a mostly vegetative or fruit SMOOTHIE. The challenge is to avoid binging by setting up a food-plus delivery system you find it easy to stick to.d. I hope after the scare era fades away cannabis will be sold at the same markets as alfalfa, basil, camomile etc. 
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on July 13, 2013 at 13:12:19 PT
another view
yes, Hope, good to see you are doing well (I assume you're doing well?). runruff, totally agree with what you're saying....remember Animal House "Son - fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life"I think it's somewhat amusing when the po-po have to occasionally chase someone and then 2 or 3 of them need medical attention afterward, from being totally out of shape and collapsing into a shapeless blob.In the past couple years a recurring health problem forced me to take a hard look at my lifestyle. I've pretty much dropped alcohol and refined sugar from the menu entirely, and I'm feeling noticeably better from it. And I wasn't even having that much alcohol and sugar.
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Comment #6 posted by HempWorld on July 13, 2013 at 12:31:14 PT
Thank You Hope!
It is always so nice to read your comments and I was so sad when you were not well. Thank you!
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on July 13, 2013 at 11:53:08 PT
Oh my.
Hemp World! I'm so happy for you, too. You have most certainly been one of hemp's most stalwart advocates. I'm happy for all of us. This is really amazing. Glory! Hallelujah! Amen!Farmer's markets in cannabis? On the surface it seems a logical idea. On second thought I can see how it could be controversial... to say the least. If they should do the straight up local farmer's market route, that should stimulate the attendance at the local farmer's markets. Wow! I liked the way they sold roses at the rose farms in and around Tyler. They had small, open, but roofed roadside stands along the roads. A price was marked on a sign or poster and a arrow pointed to hole cut in a counter for depositing said amount of coinage, and one was on one's way with fresh cut roses. They had bunches of them wrapped in white wax paper, held with a rubber band, set in numerous buckets of water. They don't have them anymore. Prohibitionists gave the flower market to previously drug producing states in South America. The family owned rose farms are gone. They were put out of business because of the war on drugs. *sigh*Runruff, I, for one, forgive you, for sure. You have every right to dislike those people for the horrendous injustice they were a part of inflicting on you, your family, your friends and supporters. It was a real injustice. Some people have no sense and when they are in control of our over powerful, over reaching government, and demented authorities get their way... grave injustices happen.It's horrible.And all this business stuff, the way the markets and taxes are set up...whatever... I kind of have a "Que Sera, Sera" attitude about it. It's not my business. I don't want to see injustices, cheats, and impurities happen but as long as the injustice, the arrests, the killings, the raids, the seizures, the forfeitures, the searches, the intimidation, and tattling and suspicion stops, I believe my prayers would be answered.The injustice.We should not be an unjust people. But obviously, many will go along with it. 
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on July 13, 2013 at 08:08:35 PT
I see ya, but wouldn't wanna be ya!
As heath care professionals My Dear Wife and I have evaluated a legion of people.After a few hundred or so check-ups and evaluations we learn what to look for in one's physical appearance. Crusty eyes, pallid or puffy skin. Pillsbury Dough-boy like body types, pear shaped bodies, women with too much ballast, so many signs.Where I am going is this; I was reading the cannabis news stories o Huffpo this morning. What I saw was telling. The DAs ans LEOs and politicos, opposed to the med-pot laws all looked unhealthy. They all had one if not several tells. I thought while looking at them, I see ya, but wouldn't wanna to be ya. A sick looking bunch to be sure, and the ironic thing is they have full medical bennies. Unfortunately for them they only get traditional American Medicine which means they only see a health care pro after they get sick, Even then all they will get is a pocket full of chemicals the AMA and the FDA call medicine. The naysayers to natural health and the benefits of cannabis are paying with their bodies through ignorance and or ambition. Call it karma call it poetic justice forgive me if I am enjoying what I see a bit too much. 
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on July 13, 2013 at 07:19:03 PT
There’s no reason not to allow trade in it openly.
Really?How about the price of $300/oz.? That by itself... can you have a 'farmers' market for gold? You need security, cameras etc. etc. no not the same.It is illegal federally, etc. etc.But hey Justin, old bud, how are ya? Keepin busy? Well, I do like what you are doing. Keep the pressure on, is what I always say, especially on the US govt. So in that light, the more the better, raise some hell!On another point: I am delighted (understatement), that hemp can now be grown in USA, albeit for research only. I am glad that my life, efforts and that of all fellow (hemp) activists has not been in vain! Thank you everyone and Eric Steenstra in particular.Apparently, there is hope. Even though, it was so dim, at times.Now I'm waiting for the day, it will be a regular crop in US agriculture, although I sometimes doubt this day will ever arrive.Hemp for research is just a teaser, are we going to get the real thing? We need to keep pushing hard, every day!Blessed be, thank you God/YahWeh, Elohim!
Hemp Materials Etc.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 13, 2013 at 06:41:09 PT
House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment
House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 YearsBy Rob Canning	 July 12, 2013 An amendment to legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research passed the U.S. House Thursday by an eight-vote margin, the first to pass in fifty years. The amendment is part of the Farm Bill and allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes. However, it only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal. 
 
The amendment was attached to last month's unsuccessful version of the Farm Bill. If the Senate approves it, Kentucky would join Hawaii and Maryland as the only states authorizing hemp research. “This amendment is a small but fundamental change in the laws that hopefully will one day allow Kentucky farmers to grow industrial hemp again," said Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4). "It's our goal that the research this amendment enables would further broadcast the economic benefits of the sustainable and job-creating crop. I look forward to working on this issue."URL: http://wkms.org/post/house-passes-first-industrial-hemp-amendment-50-years
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 13, 2013 at 05:09:17 PT
From Farmer To Consumer
This is how I always hoped it would be.
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