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Colorado Issues First Licenses for MJ Businesses
Posted by CN Staff on December 23, 2013 at 19:05:41 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado on Monday became the first U.S. state to issue special licenses for recreational marijuana businesses.After weeks of scrutiny of applications, officials at the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division slipped 348 approved licenses into the mail and sent them out to hundreds of stores, products-makers and cultivation facilities. Those businesses could begin producing and selling marijuana to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1, assuming the businesses also have the approval of their local governments.
The number includes 136 marijuana shops, most of which are in Denver. But stores with approved state licenses also pop up in places from Telluride to Alma to Garden City.Marijuana advocates hailed the finalized licenses as a watershed moment for Colorado's legalization of cannabis, which voters approved in November 2012."Colorado will be the first state to have a legal marijuana market for adults," said Mason Tvert, a Denver-based spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and one of the leaders of Colorado's legalization push. "We expect it to set an example for other states."Opponents of legalization, though, said the licenses are another step in what they fear is an increasingly disastrous pot policy."We're seeing ... a massive marijuana industry growing before our eyes," said Kevin Sabet, who is with a national anti-marijuana group called Project SAM. "I hope it's not going to be too late before we realize that the road we're on is going to produce a massive public health problem and public safety problem in Colorado."State marijuana regulators have previously said they would make a decision on the hundreds of recreational cannabis business applications submitted in the month of October by the end of the year. And it appears they denied very few  if any  applications in doing so.SnippedComplete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/T99uIrVLSource: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: December 23, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on December 26, 2013 at 23:57:39 PT
The Lord knows I did wince at that statement....
"Not in my lifetime", or "Not in our lifetime". Aaargh. I never believed them.I like to remind some of them of that sad statement of what they believed. I always believed it had to change and felt it would. It's taken and is still taking longer than I'd hoped... but considering what we've been up against... I'm just glad we are moving slowly and surely away from a really bad deal in the history of humankind.
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on December 25, 2013 at 00:40:33 PT
Poll 
http://www.denverpost.com/to the poll.
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on December 24, 2013 at 23:55:36 PT
Poll 
POLL:Should Colorado change a rule that bars lawyers from giving advice to marijuana businesses because pot is still illegal under federal law? 
-Yes-No
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on December 24, 2013 at 18:22:12 PT
I Love You All!
Merry Christmas! What wonderful comments to come home to after a great Christmas Eve with our family! You all our my family too!
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on December 24, 2013 at 17:41:56 PT
FoM,
I don't even have to say anything. You know...
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on December 24, 2013 at 17:40:56 PT
HempWorld
You too!
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on December 24, 2013 at 17:40:00 PT
runruff and friends here,
Thank You,We are a good group. I feel the same way You feel as You said in comment #5.
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on December 24, 2013 at 17:32:58 PT
Merry Christmas to All!
especially to FoM! Thank you!Another year has passed, but this time it's going to be different, thanks and blessings to all who had part in this!Blessed be!The Future Is Here!
Jan. 1st Cannabition Denver, CO! Be There!
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Comment #6 posted by MikeEEEEE on December 24, 2013 at 17:20:00 PT
FoM
Merry Christmas!!!
And, to all of you.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on December 24, 2013 at 17:01:32 PT
You all will be in our hearts these holidays.
The less you take for granted, the more you own.I can say I have never taken the people here at C/News for granted. The oposite is true. I have always appreciated you all very much and this seems like a good day to say so!Happy everything to you all!!!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on December 24, 2013 at 16:54:24 PT
I was renting a room in a boarding house.
This was back in 1974. Another boarder there was a young man who was working as a security guard at night and going to cop school during the day.He was required to carry a service pistol on the job. One evening we were talking while he was cleaning his gun. He was doing all the laking, actually.He said that all his life he had wanted to be a policeman. He held his gun up to the light an whistfully ventured, "Someday I may even get a chance to shoot somebody."My point is, it takes a certain type of person or personality to want to get into that game in the first place and a type that wants to play cops and robbers. They're usally unstable types in the first place.
 "Someday I may even get a chance to shoot somebody"?Unsettleing, isn't it?
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 24, 2013 at 06:06:55 PT
Colorado Issues 348 Retail Marijuana Licenses
Colorado Issues 348 Retail Marijuana Licenses for Stores, Cultivation, Manufacturing and Testinghttp://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/marijuana/colorado-issues-348-retail-marijuana-licenses-for-stores-cultivation-manufacturing-and-testing
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 24, 2013 at 06:02:19 PT
MikeEEEEE
I have had friends say it won't happen in our life time but it is happening! Merry Christmas!
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on December 23, 2013 at 20:18:17 PT
reflecting on past, prediction too
About five years ago, a friend mine said, "We won't see marijuana legalized in the states during our lifetime."This event will be historic in future documentaries. 
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