Will Colorado Have Enough Pot Stores? 
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Will Colorado Have Enough Pot Stores? 
Posted by CN Staff on December 10, 2013 at 05:54:20 PT
By Katy Steinmetz
Source: Time
Colorado -- Call it Black Wednesday. Recreational marijuana goes on sale legally in Colorado on Jan. 1, and Denver officials are worried that the city’s retail shops won’t be anywhere close to meeting demand.At a city-council meeting Monday, lawmakers in Colorado’s largest city raised questions about licensing delays and the prospect of people queuing up for hours in what have been historically low temperatures.
“If we have 10 stores open … we could have people camping out overnight with cash in their pocket,” said councilman Charlie Brown. “How is the industry, how is the police department going to work together?”Though more than 100 stores are waiting to have applications approved by the city and state, a process that involves multiple inspections and a public hearing, a small fraction of that number are likely to be open by 8 a.m., Jan. 1, when legal sales for recreational marijuana begin. Employees from the city’s department of excise and licenses estimated that Denver will have around 12 legal retail outlets in operation.City officials are worried about the ability of those stores to handle the expected crowds, which they said will be supplemented by marijuana tourists arriving on chartered buses. Security is also a concern, as marijuana can only be purchased with cash.A representative from the medical-marijuana industry said he knows Denver is going to be under enormous scrutiny on New Year’s Day. “It’s very true that the whole world is watching,” said Michael Elliott, who noted that shoppers may be confused when they’re turned away from the vast majority of medical-marijuana dispensaries that aren’t licensed to sell recreational pot. “It’s very intense right now.”After voters approved a measure to legalize marijuana in November 2012, Colorado spent the next six months developing regulations for consumption — dealing with advertising restrictions, childproof packaging, THC-limits and rules for driving while high. “Clearly we are charting new territory. Other states haven’t been through this process,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in May. “Recreational marijuana is really a completely new entity.”Seven months later, lawmakers are still deep in the weeds. “It’s pure cloth,” Denver councilman Albus Brooks tells TIME. “We’re starting from scratch.”Brooks introduced a measure on Monday that would decriminalize possession for adults ages 18 to 20, which was approved by a special committee focused on marijuana issues. The committee also killed a bill that would have made it illegal to openly smoke pot on private property within 1,000 ft. of any school, with opponents comparing smoking a joint to drinking a beer on a front porch.Among the measures the council approved Monday was one its president called a “seminal” piece of marijuana legislation outlining procedural nuts and bolts like making it illegal to consume weed on the city’s tourist-heavy 16th Street Mall and banning “pot giveaways” in public parks. Then they moved on to the next item before them: revamping zoning codes to deal with growing marijuana. After being approved by the council, bills must still be signed by the mayor.“In 22 days, whether you like it or not, the image of our city will change,” Brown said. “And if we need to make adjustments we will. This is not the end. This is, frankly, the beginning.”Source: Time Magazine (US)Author: Katy SteinmetzPublished: December 9, 2013Copyright: 2013 Time Inc.Contact: letters time.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on December 11, 2013 at 10:49:06 PT
And the same to you1
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on December 11, 2013 at 09:25:31 PT
I'm smiling here....
No weeping over articles or comments today. It's truly wonderful to see. And yes, Afterburner... for sure! Hempy New Year!
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on December 11, 2013 at 07:11:43 PT
January 1 will be ...
a Hempy New Year
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on December 10, 2013 at 17:02:57 PT
Uruguay has just legalized Cannabis/Marijuana!
"at 10 pm our time law will pass or fail. (It will pass) by april of next year it will be sold at 1 dollar per gram. cultivation 6 plants per person, 99 plants per social club. (15 members)""now, the gov. has 120 days to regulate its import export laws, details, etc. however, as of now you can cultivate your plants and form social clubs, etc."You heard it here 1st...
Cannabis Clubs!
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Comment #6 posted by MikeEEEEE on December 10, 2013 at 11:56:00 PT
Not sure if this was posted
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on December 10, 2013 at 10:54:02 PT
Uruguay set to become first country to legalize marijuana trade
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on December 10, 2013 at 10:14:53 PT
I agree with Councilman Charlie Brown.
"This is not the end. This is, frankly, the beginning.”
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on December 10, 2013 at 10:12:24 PT
Congratulations to everyone that get's to 
participate in this historical event!There will be plenty of this beneficial product, eventually. We are overcoming decades of oppression... but the deadly shackles of prohibition are falling away.I'm thankful to God and to all the people that stepped up and did their part to end a travesty against mankind.And I'm grieved, I will always be grieved, for the loss, death, and destruction that prohibition spread like a terrible pall on the world and it's people. I won't forget it. Drug War Victims
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on December 10, 2013 at 08:47:11 PT
THIS! Will Change Everything!
In Good Ways! (Thank God)Thanks again Mason Tvert, you the man, you did it!
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 10, 2013 at 08:29:00 PT
thanks but I think we'll go with "Green Wednesday" and skip the usual dark/evil propaganda guys!All this cash flowing around - security is a "concern"É.you know what that means, the various govt. folks are "concerned" they won't get their hands on enough of that money through taxes, fees, etc.
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