MJ Guide: 64 Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
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 MJ Guide: 64 Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
Posted by CN Staff on December 31, 2013 at 13:09:57 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- On Jan. 1, Colorado becomes the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. You have questions about how it will work? Here are 64 answers (See what we did there? No? Keep reading.) to commonly asked questions.Question: Marijuana is about to be legal in Colorado?
Answer: Marijuana is actually legal now in Colorado. Since the voter-approved Amendment 64 (ah, there it is) went into effect on Dec. 10, 2012, it has been legal for anyone 21 and over to use marijuana or possess up to an ounce of marijuana for any purpose  even if it is just, as Rolling Stone magazine has put it, "for getting high purposes." Marijuana possession and use by people under 21 who aren't medical-marijuana patients remains against the law.Q: What's happening Jan. 1, then?A: New Year's Day is the first day that marijuana can be sold to anyone over 21 at specially licensed stores. Though marijuana use, possession and sales remain illegal under federal law, nowhere else in the world has pot sales this legal, not even Amsterdam.Q: So, where can I buy weed?A: There looks to be more than two dozen shops able to open on Jan. 1 for recreational sales. We here at The Denver Post have compiled a list of stores expected to be open. But it comes with two caveats: There may be other stores out there open for recreational sales on Jan. 1, and it's possible some of the stores on the list will choose not to open on Jan. 1.Q: How will it work?A: Basically, you walk into a store, show your ID and make your purchase. It's a lot like a liquor store.Q: Where are the stores located?A: The state has approved licenses for stores from Telluride to Alma to Garden City. But the vast majority of recreational marijuana stores, at least initially, look like they will be in Denver. Lots of other big cities  like Colorado Springs  have banned the stores. Other cities, including Boulder and Aurora, look likely to allow them but are going slow in setting the rules and accepting applications. Of the 136 stores that received state approval in the first wave of licenses to go out just before Christmas, 74 percent of them  101  are in Denver.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: December 31, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by schmeff on December 31, 2013 at 14:24:17 PT
Legal Like Plutonium
If you've read the entire 64 questions and their answers: bravo. It seems to me that as presently configured, "legal" cannabis will quickly collapse under the burden of over-regulation.The good news is that there are still plenty of opportunities to arrest cannabis smokers, since the only place you can consume it is when you're hiding in your home. This is effectively how it's always been, so no huge gains there.You can grow yer own, one of the true accomplishments of the bill. This concession is also over-regulated, but ultimately not logistically practical to enforce. As the article mentions, successful cannabis cultivation is not as easy as many would think.You can possess it and consume it in private. They've taken the sacred herb and made it the porn of plants. A prostitute in the service of mammon.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on December 31, 2013 at 14:09:30 PT
" not even Amsterdam."
Really?This is highly debatable!Because of federal law, marijuana/cannabis is STILL illegal in the USA. It is not more or better legal than Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, aka the Netherlands as in, the entire country, it is legally for sale in stores AND you can legally smoke it (almost) anywhere, much unlike CO and WA.So, despite all the hoopla here, it is still not legal and it still will induce a lot of paranoia in users, if one smokes in CO or WA, not so (and has been for a long, long time) in the Netherlands.Any other questions?
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