Long Lines on First Day of Colorado Pot Sales
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Long Lines on First Day of Colorado Pot Sales
Posted by CN Staff on January 02, 2014 at 07:20:01 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press 
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Colorado -- Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind."It's a huge deal for me," said Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman who drove from Niles, Mich., to be part of the legal weed experiment. "This wait is nothing." The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world's first fully legal marijuana industry  no doctor's note required (as in 18 states and Washington, D.C.) and no unregulated production of the drug (as in the Netherlands). Uruguay has fully legalized pot but hasn't yet set up its system.
Colorado had 24 shops open Wednesday, most of them in Denver, and aside from long lines and sporadic reports of shoppers cited for smoking pot in public, there were few problems."Everything's gone pretty smoothly," said Barbara Brohl, Colorado's top marijuana regulator as head of the Department of Revenue.The agency sent its new marijuana inspectors to recreational shops to monitor sales and make sure sellers understood the state's new marijuana-tracking inventory system meant to keep legal pot out of the black market.Denver International Airport erected signs warning travelers that they could not take marijuana home with them.Keeping pot within Colorado's regulated system and within the state's borders are among requirements the U.S. Department of Justice has laid out to avoid a clampdown under federal law, which still outlaws the drug.The other state that has legalizes recreational pot, Washington, will face the same restrictions when its retail shops start operating, expected by late spring.The states' retail experiments are crucial tests of whether marijuana can be sold like alcohol, kept from children and highly taxed, or whether pot proves too harmful to public health and safety for legalization experiments to expand elsewhere."This feels like freedom at last," said Amy Reynolds, owner of two Colorado Springs medical pot shops. Reynolds came to Denver to toast the dawn of pot sales for recreational use. "It's a plant, it's harmless, and now anyone over 21 can buy it if they want to. Beautiful."Marijuana skeptics, of course, watched in alarm. They warned that the celebratory vibe in Colorado masked dangerous consequences. Wider marijuana availability, they say, would lead to greater illegal use by youth, and possibly more traffic accidents and addiction problems."It's not just a benign recreational drug that we don't have to worry about," said Dr. Paula Riggs, head of the Division of Substance Dependence at the University of Colorado-Denver medical campus.The only problems reported Wednesday, though, were long lines and high prices. Some shops raised prices or reduced purchasing limits as the day went on. One pot shop closed early because of tight supply. Some shoppers complained they were paying three times more than they were used to.Colorado has no statewide pricing structure, and by midafternoon, one dispensary was charging $70 for one-eighth of an ounce of high-quality pot. Medical marijuana patients just a day earlier paid as little as $25 for the same amount.Medical pot users worried they'd be priced out of the market. Colorado's recreational pot inventory came entirely from the drug's supply for medical uses."We hope that the focus on recreational doesn't take the focus away from patients who really need this medicine," said Laura Kriho of the patient advocacy group Cannabis Therapy Institute.Colorado has hundreds of pending applications for recreational pot retailers, growers and processors. So it's too soon to say how prices would change more people enter the business, increasing supply and competition.Shoppers waiting in line Wednesday didn't seem fazed by the wait, the prices, or the state and local taxes that totaled more than 25 percent."This is quality stuff in a real store. Not the Mexican brick weed we're used to back in Ohio," said Brandon Harris, who drove from Blanchester, Ohio.Source: Christian Science Monitor (US)Author:  Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press Published: January 2, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Christian Science Publishing SocietyContact: letters csmonitor.comWebsite: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on January 06, 2014 at 10:38:30 PT
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Lol! That was funny... about Stick messing with you about the bullets. There was talk of shortages a few months ago but I haven't heard anyone complaining about it for a long time.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on January 05, 2014 at 06:38:09 PT
We were at Walmart and my husband said hey look here are plenty of bullets. I looked at him with an odd look and he said do you want to stock up on your ammunition? Then he smiled. People heard him saying that to me and grinned. Recently 2 people have mentioned to me that ammunition is getting harder to buy. That sure wasn't true with all of the ammunition we saw at Walmart. I mentioned that to my gun friends and then they admitted ammunition is just getting more expensive. I said everything is getting more expensive and they didn't say anymore.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on January 04, 2014 at 21:27:03 PT
I've admitted being "Liberal"... even
with their ignorant perverted idea of what a liberal is. I've admitted to being progressive. I've claimed to be a true conservative. "Get off everyone's back and leave them alone!" That's my idea of conservative. To this guy and others like him... Liberals and Progressives are about more laws and rules and restrictions and to them, liberals and progressives are vicious. They think it's being hysterical or a "Bleeding heart" to care about others. They believe that. If it weren't for the perverted idea of what they think Liberal or progressive is, I wouldn't mind the label so much. I may as well buck up and get used to it.The internet is a better element for me. I can control my anger and frustration better in this medium. (Usually) In person, I get mad, and they see it. I look and feel stupid when I lose my composure or don't have an answer for something. I come here to get answers and get smarter. Sometimes even you'll can't help me. I'd best forget ever getting this guy to see the injustice.I'd like to have a greater sense of humor about it all... but I just don't.Maybe I did get my answer from you guys. Agree with him. Laugh it off. Forget it. Thanks Runruff. Thanks, FoM. 
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Comment #19 posted by runruff on January 04, 2014 at 19:49:59 PT
Thanks FoM.
For those of us who can chuckle and ponder at the same time!
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on January 04, 2014 at 19:41:52 PT
Good stuff Runruff!
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Comment #17 posted by runruff on January 04, 2014 at 19:32:35 PT
I made a bupper sticker.
It says, "I hate bupper stickers"!I also hate it when people tell me what they hate!
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Comment #16 posted by runruff on January 04, 2014 at 19:29:31 PT
Sammy Davis Jr. was a liberal.
One day out on the golf course Sammy was asked, "what is your handicap"? Sammy replied, HANDYCAP? "Man, I'm a five foot, one eyed negro, Jew!" Top that!
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Comment #15 posted by runruff on January 04, 2014 at 19:21:24 PT
Jesus was a long-haired hippie, liberal jew!
Classical liberalism, a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on January 04, 2014 at 12:27:02 PT
I think being a liberal is a nice thing but if this person is using it in a derogatory term say no I am not a liberal I am a progressive! 
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on January 04, 2014 at 10:35:57 PT
Ray Walker
From that NBC article,"The state does not impose any pricing structure for pot purveyors, leaving the market open to supply and demand."I actually like that. That's freedom, too. The price will come down when people refuse to pay those prices. That's how it works. But, of course, the bad part is, if the shops are foolish in their pricing, it will keep the black market alive and well.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on January 04, 2014 at 10:02:06 PT
Skidding through the door... like Kramer....
Back sooner than expected.Gun grabbers is one of those demeaning terms that really applies to very few people. There is so much name calling in any interaction about anything these days. I hate it. It's just a tool to end any discussion or reasonable conversation. I despise the labels and name calling, and I'm starting to clearly see that this guy just doesn't like me. He thinks, apparently, that I, or my friends, should be called something... like a "Liberal". Arrgh. There is no use talking to people like that. I'm forgetting about him and his ignorance. We, advocates for sane drug laws, are maligned by some. What else is new?I'll pray for him. :0)And this price gouging... which I intend to read more about today, is really just more proof that cannabists are just ordinary people... which means ordinary greed and shortcomings. We want cannabists to be good people... but they aren't always as shining examples of good character as we might like them to be. Just regular people. A point we've tried to get across to murderous prohibitionists. There's some more proof. A bit too ordinary ... but there you go. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on January 04, 2014 at 05:53:37 PT
I have never met anyone that would be called a gun grabber. I think it is fear that motivates some of these expressions. Liberals are tolerant more then then those who aren't Liberal I believe. I do believe competition will bring prices down because that is how everything seems to work. TVs are an example. Almost everyone can afford a large screen TV nowadays.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on January 03, 2014 at 23:43:33 PT
FoM and Ray Walker 
FoM. I know you aren't one of the proverbial "Gun grabbers". I know you dislike weapons, especially firearms, and you've got plenty of reason to feel the way you do about them. I totally respect that. I know you also respect my feelings about the right to keep and bear arms. I've been an advocate of protecting second amendment rights even longer than I've tried to help change these prohibition of cannabis laws. In fact, I'm an all out advocate of watching and keeping the government in check concerning protecting all our rights, or lack thereof. I was highly offended at this man's attitude.I think, really, this guy is just calling us "Liberals" in general. Gads... I dislike the way that term is used these days by so many people. I despise those labels. I was insulted.I probably shouldn't have mentioned it... but I was upset. This is the same guy that sprang the opium wars on me a few months back. I told him it was not true... and tried to point out several things to him that indicated that what he said wasn't true. But he just allowed as to how I must be ignorant... or something to that effect. God knows I hate trying to deal with unreasonable people... and that's what we've been having to do all along... trying to reason with unreasonable, irrational, and unrealistic people. Aaargh. You never get used to it, I guess. I hate dealing with the prohibitionist attitude... but that's what I signed up for, I guess. I just get whiny sometimes. Sorry.Ray Walker. Thanks for that information. In the little computer time that I have been getting lately, I just haven't been able to imagine the words I should use for the search. I hadn't heard it in any of the news feeds I get, or anywhere else for that matter. I don't live in Colorado. But I'm glad you informed us. I will do some research on it, maybe, tomorrow afternoon. And it seemed you knew something about it... so... I asked. And, again, thank you for the information."Colorado cannabis price gouging"? Maybe.Thanks though. And I agree with FoM. It will get better.Cool. "Colorado cannabis price gouging" worked. I have a ton of articles to check tomorrow afternoon.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on January 03, 2014 at 18:30:03 PT
I do believe the price will drop in a few months. Competition will drive it down. 
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Comment #8 posted by Ray Walker on January 03, 2014 at 18:03:45 PT:
Price Gouging
Here are just two news outlets. Do some research and see for yourself. High Demand: Price of legal marijuana soars in ColoradoOne dispensary was selling high-quality marijuana on Wednesday at $70 for one-eighth of an ounce  a markup from $25 for the same amount the day before, according to The Associated Press.'s How Much It Costs To Buy Weed In Colorado NowThe Huffington Post spoke with owners at many of the roughly 30 dispensaries that sold legal weed on New Year's Day, and they all said the same thing: an eighth of an ounce of marijuana, which would have normally sold for as low as $25, was fetching anywhere between $35 to $70, after taxes.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on January 03, 2014 at 16:07:12 PT
I don't believe that is true. You know I don't like guns and don't give them any thought. I am not anti-gun I am just not pro-gun. The gun issue isn't something I even think about. I believe there are many people that don't want to have a gun but say to themselves to each their own. That is the way it should be.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on January 03, 2014 at 15:57:10 PT
I'm so happy that the end of 
the prohibitionist's hideous "War" on so many people is coming to an end. I'm so happy about getting to see that. I hope to not just see, but actually get to live some of that restored freedom someday... right here in Texas. It's going to be hard, though. I'm not only surrounded by Republicans... I'm surrounded by prohibitionists. Somebody, I don't know who it is yet, is working to alienate Gun Rights/Second Amendment advocates from our cause. I've heard the talk, but I don't know the source yet, that someone, apparently, someone with some influence, is saying that people that want to legalize "Marijuana" are the same people that want to take our guns. I don't think that's true, but some people do. And it makes it very hard for those of us that want to end the "War" on cannabis. *sigh*
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 03, 2014 at 15:03:51 PT
Yes there having been a few complaints about the price but not like I thought could happen. I think that people want to see this succeed and the current high price is being tolerated for the time being. As competition grows the price will drop. The fact that people can grow a small number of plants in Colorado offers an alternative. 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on January 03, 2014 at 14:22:44 PT
Ray Walker
Price gouging? Is that happening? I haven't seen any news about it.I haven't seen any news about shortages or running out, either. That's amazing.
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Comment #3 posted by Ray Walker on January 02, 2014 at 16:27:10 PT:
Price Gouging
To all those stores that raised prices:
Do you really want to be remembered this way?
Like the oil companies?
Like the pharmacutical companies?
Like our own Government?
Of all the the things that went right these past couple of days, do you really want to be standing on the wrong side with the ones that actually started this entire 70 year mess? Please reconsider your actions in the future. You are one of our important allies. I ask you stay beside us.
thank you
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 02, 2014 at 12:05:45 PT
Gut check: Do you support legal retail sales of marijuana?Please Vote:
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Comment #1 posted by Garry Minor on January 02, 2014 at 11:05:39 PT:
Next up, ..... the churches!
What if the churches were aware that in order to be called worthy of the title "Christian" one has to be Anointed with Oil containing Kaneh bosm, Cannabis? Until they do they are an adversary to the Truth ..... Christian Science Monitor included!Here is the 1975 article by Sula Benet proving that Cannabis, not calamus .... is in the Holy Oil that God instructed Moses to prepare for anointing His priests, kings, prophets, and of course, ... His Anointed/Christians! little etymology; of Jerusalem; For as Christ after His Baptism, and the visitation of the Holy Ghost, went forth and vanquished the adversary, so likewise ye, after Holy Baptism and the Mystical Chrism, having put on the whole armour of the Holy Ghost, are to stand against the power of the adversary, and vanquish it, saying, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.5. Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.6. Moreover, you should know that in the old Scripture there lies the symbol of this Chrism. For what time Moses imparted to his brother the command of God, and made him High-priest, after bathing in water, he anointed him; and Aaron was called Christ or Anointed, evidently from the typical Chrism. So also the High-priest, in advancing Solomon to the kingdom, anointed him after he had bathed in Gihon. To them however these things happened in a figure, but to you not in a figure, but in truth; because ye were truly anointed by the Holy Ghost. Christ is the beginning of your salvation; for He is truly the First-fruit, and ye the mass; but if the First-fruit be holy, it is manifest that Its holiness will pass to the mass Gospel of Philip;
The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because of the word "baptism". And it is because of the chrism that "the Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted (the gift). The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven., what happened?
Read 1John 2:18-29, warning against antichrists!From the Gospel of Thomas;97. Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty. is what it is!
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