Colorado Sold 17 Tons of Retail Marijuana
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Colorado Sold 17 Tons of Retail Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on February 28, 2015 at 07:04:21 PT
By Daniel Wallis
Source: Reuters
Denver -- Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state's new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.In a national first, voters in Colorado and Washington state opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012. The first retail stores opened in Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.
States such as Oregon and Alaska that have now also voted to legalize recreational pot, and others where lawmakers face proposals to do so, are watching the Colorado results closely.State tax officials say sales hit nearly $700 million last year, with medical marijuana accounting for $386 million and recreational pot bringing in $313 million.In its first annual report, the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division said 109,578 pounds (49.7 tons) of medical marijuana flowers were sold in 2014, while 38,660 pounds (17.5 tons) were sold on the retail market.But recreational sales of pot-infused edible products, such as candies and cookies, outstripped medical sales by about 2.85 million units to 1.96 million, the report said.It said 322 retail stores were licensed at the end of last year, up from about 200 six months earlier, while 833 licenses were issued to retail businesses in general, and 1,416 medical marijuana businesses were approved by the state.It said medical businesses were cultivating around 300,000 marijuana plants on average each month during 2014, while the number of retail plants rose steadily from fewer than 25,000 in January to nearly 217,000 during December.The report noted that more than twice as many Colorado jurisdictions had "completely opted out" of allowing either retail or medicinal pot businesses to operate than had permitted them.Sixty-seven jurisdictions allow medical and retail licensees, 21 permit only medical, and five only retail, while 228 jurisdictions prohibit them both.The state's marijuana laws have been challenged in federal court by neighboring Nebraska and Oklahoma, which argue weed is smuggled across their borders, as well as by some Colorado residents who say the pot industry has hurt their families, businesses or property values.Supporters say voters have chosen to take the trade out of the hands of criminals, and a Quinnipiac University Poll this week showed that 58 percent of Colorado residents support marijuana legalization, versus 38 percent against it.Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Doina ChiacuSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Daniel WallisPublished: February 28, 2015Copyright: 2015 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 11:11:50 PT
A news release from Simpson’s office called the proposal a first in the nation; i.e., it would end marijuana prohibition but NOT substitute a different regulatory scheme. From the statement:“I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.”
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Comment #15 posted by schmeff on March 03, 2015 at 11:08:47 PT
Regulate Cannabis Like Tomatoes
When I read those words from Rep. Simpson, I felt sure he must have spent some time here on Cannabis News, channeling our mantra. He added jalapenos though, so maybe "Legal Like Salsa."
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 10:52:09 PT
Awesome. Absolutely Awesome.
Rep. David Simpson’s ‘Christian case for drug law reform’
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 10:45:59 PT
This is so sweet.
This is wonderful to see. 
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 10:33:32 PT
Yes. It was. We were flying the Lone Star.
Yesterday was Texas Independence Day. It was fitting that Rep. David Simpson used the occasion to file a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 10:30:54 PT
Those words....
To me, they are stunning. It certainly looks like a lightening strike!That is an abundance of TRUTH coming from the lips and heart of a politician. That's amazing. Stunning.One more marijuana idea from Rep. David Simpson — a bill to end pot prohibition David Simpson files bill to legalize marijuana in the state of TexasRead more:
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Comment #10 posted by schmeff on March 03, 2015 at 08:16:15 PT
An Act of God in Texas?
I don't recall any Republican ever taking such a sensible stand on cannabis as Rep. Simpson. (Probably his conservative colleagues call him "Bart" accompanied with snide doobie smoking pantomimes.) What do you think could have knocked some sense into his head?Do you remember in that movie "Phenomenon" when average joe John Travolta got hit by lightning and got temporarily brilliant? Might that have happened? There's a lot of lightning in Texas.Just saying...
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 03, 2015 at 04:44:00 PT
That is amazing since he is a Republican.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 00:09:07 PT
I'm so impressed with Rep. Simpson.
Rep. Simpson continued, “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear. All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix. Let’s allow the plant to be utilized for good—helping people with seizures, treating warriors with PTSD, producing fiber and other products—or simply for beauty and enjoyment. Government prohibition should be for violent actions that harm your neighbor—not of the possession, cultivation, and responsible use of plants.”
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 00:06:47 PT
Texas State Representative David Simpson 
“We can’t fix all of the past wrongs caused by prohibition, but at least we can stop perpetuating them,” said Representative Simpson, according to KETK TV. “I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.”
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on March 03, 2015 at 00:04:57 PT
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on March 01, 2015 at 21:13:54 PT
6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on March 01, 2015 at 18:13:47 PT
Posted that quick cause My din din was ready...
But I want to point out something.It's revealing that a portion of the support for cannabis prohibition comes from regular church going type people. People that with an honest heart You would never think would support the lies, half-truths and propaganda which is necessary to maintain cannabis prohibition.That's why Satan, evil or what ever, has used so many different types of people to separate the regular church goer for example from the "spirit of truth". With the "spirit of truth" there is no cannabis prohibition.This is all known. God knows. Cannabis prohibition has been used to cause people to stumble starting on literally the very 1st page of the Bible.Since God is not a loser, this isn't going to continue. People who wish darkness upon others will receive darkness.Truth for all who seek it.-0-We have some understanding of how and why cannabis prohibition started; hemp competing with synthetic fibers, federal people looking to make money etc. But the real issue is the spiritual realities.Once cannabis is totally re-legalized, those who wish to use it medicinally will do so with out bureaucratic complications...-& THOSE WHO WISH TO USE CANNABIS FOR SPIRITUAL NEEDS WILL LIKEWISE BE FREE TO DO SO& THERE WILL BE GREATER NUMBERS OF PEOPLE KNOWING ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF THE KING OF THE PLANT KINGDOM.Stealing truth has cost people the "spirit of truth."RE-place TRUTH.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 01, 2015 at 17:29:28 PT
The war against truth
What's going on? It is a war on truth. Often due to failed clergy that somehow has lead their flocks astray.-0-It’s Worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of Conservatives’ Decades-Long War on TruthThe right knows that facts and reason have a liberal bent. That's why their decades-long strategy is to lie."Deep on page 546 of his 1,839-page budget, Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker tucked in a crucial idea. He proposed to strip a principle from the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin, a school that attracts students from all over the nation and from 131 foreign countries. From the core philosophy that has driven the university since the turn of the last century Walker wanted to hack out the words: “Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.” -0-Cannabis prohibition can only live in an environment of lies, half-truths and propaganda. A Luciferous place void of truth by law of certain men.
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Comment #2 posted by PatrioticDissension on March 01, 2015 at 14:31:07 PT
cannabis is legal in D.C.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 28, 2015 at 19:42:33 PT
228 jurisdictions are pro-black market.
"228 jurisdictions prohibit them both...."So does anyone believe cannabis is not being sold and used in those 228 jurisdictions?Those jurisdictions have simply decided to continue letting (forcing) the black market regulate cannabis sales because the plant is here for the duration.
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