MJ Industry Prepares for 2014, is Colorado Ready?
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MJ Industry Prepares for 2014, is Colorado Ready?
Posted by CN Staff on September 03, 2013 at 17:57:18 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Denver -- In four months, adults in Colorado will be able to walk into a store, plunk down cash and leave with a drug that used to land people in prison. No one, though, is sure what the future holds. Will the new industry damage the state's reputation, grow the drug culture, spread marijuana into neighboring states, intoxicate young people and spur more crime? Or will it bring an unrecognizable change, produce needed tax revenue, drive a stake in marijuana's black market and extinguish unnecessary prosecutions?"It's like being sucked into a black hole. What is going to be on the other side? No one knows," said Ry Prichard, part-owner of a hash oil company, TC Labs.
During the first week of January, when the first stores are expected to open in Denver, the world's media will probably descend on Colorado to document the occasion.Lines that form in the state for everything from new doughnut shops to ski sales are expected to wrap around businesses as customers queue up for the first buds."You are going to have the international media here for New Year's Eve, and they are not coming for the fireworks," said Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown. "Then there is going to be a photo that moves across the wire that is going to portray Denver one way or another. That is going to define Denver. It will be an image changer. There is no doubt."Rolling Stone magazine recently called Denver "America's undisputed stoner capital" with two Jerry Garcia-themed bars, the same number of medical marijuana dispensaries as liquor stores and, of course, the Mile High nickname.A grower told the magazine that the Platte River Valley running through the city has the highest concentration of marijuana on the planet."I remember the first day that I walked into a (dispensary), it blew my mind," said Prichard, who takes professional photographs of marijuana. "Yeah, the shock of being able to see 100 edible products, 60 strains of marijuana, and being able to talk to someone who is knowledgeable about the product. It is going to welcome a lot of new people into the fold to understand how incredible and beautiful this plant is and how it has come so far from 30 years ago."Already businesses that cater to marijuana tourism are seeing an increase in interest  especially after last week's announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that the federal government won't stand in the way of marijuana legalization in Colorado or Washington state.Matt Brown, who started My 420 Tours in Denver, said he is getting e-mails and calls from around the world from people looking to come to Denver and experience the new industry."The demand has been ridiculous," Brown said. "On our end, we have done zero advertising (and) made no attempt to seek media. But we are having hundreds of people a week hitting the site and people saying, 'Please offer us some vacation packages.' "If everything goes as planned, stores will open during the first days of January  about six months ahead of Washington state, which also legalized adult-use pot last year.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver PostPublished: September 1, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 06, 2013 at 16:53:08 PT
This is all just so amazlng 
And wonderful to watch. It's watching them back down from a mountain that's finally crumbling beneath their people stomping hobnail boots.
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on September 04, 2013 at 19:59:13 PT
East Coast is catching up
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate John Hanger is in favour of cannabis reform.
It is happening on the East Coat too.
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on September 04, 2013 at 19:38:34 PT
cannabis liberation will be wonderful
Despite the hype, cannabis legalization will be wonderful. The industry will be great for Colorado and Washington. It will bring in jobs, revenue, and lots of tourist to see what cannabis liberation is like. After a while though the whole hoopla will settle down and things will be normal and everyone will wonder what all the original fuss was about. When Oregon and California go legal the whole cannabis prohibition will be over. The rest of the country will be waiting for their turn. Then everywhere there will be a song and celebration. April 20th will be a national holiday. 
Keep up the good work. You are generating good karma.
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Comment #4 posted by pijion on September 04, 2013 at 17:43:02 PT
Black hole my 6 o'clock!
The dust of excitement will settle faster than what the media wants... 3 months and it will be busyness as usual, 4 years later it will not even be a main subject in politics (Colorado that is).
Only thing that makes me sad (which is actually good) is that the veil of tabooish (wow new word) marihuana will be gone and marihuana will be seen as a pack of Marlboros or a Heineken beer.
Hmmm actually, I can't wait for MJ to be that trivial.
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Comment #3 posted by mexweed on September 04, 2013 at 12:56:44 PT:
Defining Denver
"Then there is going to be a photo that moves across the wire to portray Denver one way or another." Councilman BrownColoradans have a humongous opportunity to define cannabis use-- by rejecting 500-mg-per-lightup H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide "rolling papers" (as usually portrayed in the top photo on a cannabis-related media presentation till now) and developing a domestic, neighborhood-by-neighborhood one-hitter manufacturing industry. Not to mention vaporizers plug-in and portable. Instead of a "black hole", not knowing if an overdose fetish will develop leading to a wave of traffic accidents and hospital admissions, post PHOTO EXHIBITS (on line) of gorgeously practical long-stemmed CHOOMETTES, kiserus, midwakhs, sebsis made locally to be sold (or given free, one to each certified adult cannabis buyer) at Colorado dispensaries, along with accurately-drawn diagrams on leaflets illustrating the internal structure of a one-hitter, cup-shaped screen in quarter-inch crater, long flexible drawtube attached to the butt end, etc. (An iconic typeface-generated illustration, to be replaced by a hand-drawn one as soon as we get our scanner, is found in the top section of the article, "12 Ways to Make Smoke Pipes from Everyday Objects".)Fly to Colorado, partner up with local talent, educate everybody about 25-mg single toke economy, safety and sobriety. "Black hole" fears will soon die away and cannabinoid-inspired users, all ages and genders, will move on to the next big job, reforesting (rieferforesting, i.e. HEMP as precursor crop for trees) the planet one drought-stricken county after another. 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on September 04, 2013 at 03:52:01 PT
Green to black
More Colorado pot is flowing to neighboring states, officials say turn the green to black.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 03, 2013 at 20:51:19 PT
"It's like being sucked into a black hole. What is
going to be on the other side?"Aw, C'mon, don't be so dramatic, Ry has probably never been to Amsterdam to take some of this abiss stuff away from your imagination gone wild!Settle down, brother!I mean, give me a break! Get real!Of course we all know whose side the Denver Post is on, we should not read this drivel.Colorado and we, the people will be a whole lot better off, go visit!
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