Marijuana: MMJ dispensaries seeing flood of people looking for legal ganja


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Expect Pink House to be ready when the law is.
According to the language in Amendment 64, the Colorado Legislature must draft rules and regulations for the state's new recreational marijuana industry. It has until early May to do so, and then the licensing process will begin in October, with January 2014 the absolute earliest that any store can open -- assuming any want to be the first to challenge federal laws regarding marijuana sales and distribution.

Hickenlooper reached out to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder last Friday for some clarification, but the governor's office is keeping mum about the contents of the conversation. Presumably, then, the Controlled Substances Act as the law that will continue to guide federal officials actions, at least for now.

And though they would clearly love your business, dispensaries aren't willing to risk their current licenses by helping anyone other than registered medical marijuana patients. According to Elliott Klug, owner of the Pink House chain of dispensaries, the day after the election, dozens of people showed up at their doors, eager to buy pot. The excitement is understandable, he says, but "the law is the law."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Rachel Maddow links Amendment 64 confusion to end of alcohol prohibition" and "Amendment 64-inspired petition says Florida pot law would benefit 'stoners and children.'"

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dog2bear2
dog2bear2

can i get a mmj card if i am from Maryland, to use in Colorodo ???

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

Yeah, it would have been helpful if the Denver Post and Westword (and the other dailies) had explained the chain of events in their stories after the election, that would have clarified a few things for those that didn't bother reading the language.

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

The only legalization that will occur, (IMHO) is when it gets removed from the Class 1  on THE LIST, altogether. Some of you lack the brains or intelligence (NOT the same thing) to notice you are treating people who use cannabis, like sober people treat drunks/alcoholics. Did you even THINK about that??? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

Leah Ryan
Leah Ryan

Because people are stupid and believe everything they hear... From the worlds rumor mill

Mitch Adams
Mitch Adams

Two idiots with dumb comments cant even get their/there/they'res right.... Wow.

Rico Garcia
Rico Garcia

Please contact your rep and request MMCs be allowed to sell to recreational users before 2014 if not ASAP as to avoid bolstering the black market and creating a target for the Feds.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

like mostmedia outlets you only get one side of the story.....ehum

Kim Daub
Kim Daub

It's a complicated process to end prohibition of MJ. Those who want to smoke it will find a way whether it's legal or not. It wouldn't be a business I would get in as long as it is illegal under federal law.

Rico Garcia
Rico Garcia

Because people relied on the proponents to accurately explain exactly convey what would occur and that did not happen. So no one read the language and only voted for the word marijuana. Nor does any one understand that if we don't for the issue now it will not be regulated like alcohol which every one voted for but over regulated like MMJ.

Trevor Jacques
Trevor Jacques

Because people are oblivious and don't know how to use google.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

"Citing Amendment 64 Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett Drops Some Marijuana Possession Cases"

 

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett announced today via Twitter that his office would drop all pending prosecutions of adults for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and/or possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

 

An office spokesperson confirmed the decision but did not know how many cases would be affected.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/citing-amendment-64-bould_n_2132149.html?utm_hp_ref=marijuana

hiloshark
hiloshark

first off  anyone who walks into a collective trying to buy pot needed to read the law and understand that the mmj colectives have to obey MMJ law, not amendment 64 law. second.. the feds arnt going to come in and start raiding people ... they have us and washington to deal with and deal with the influx of new dispensaries and laws in 18 other mmj states.. just not enough man power.  The dea led raids in cali were ALWAYS sponsored by local governments " san diego"  for instance and the feds were asked to help. they were never there on their own accord unless pot was being sold out the back door in mass quantities. The feds have never raided a shop in colorado unless the shop had and was breaking STATE law. At thyis point it does loook like the feds have backed of colorado and not asked the state a attorney to press the issues either. why might you ask? 

colorado had set up a government run system , watched by mmj division and were ok with a state agency with guns and badges regulating shit. thats why you will see this work out for colorado just fine and nada will happen.. just a lot of banter from douches like monkey and others trying to push theyre views and ideals on the rest of us.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Also, the majority of people that have called thinking they could just come in and buy marijuana are mostly Californians. Go figure lol

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Our dispensary has only had people asking what 64 means for them and for retail. I always tell them,"Sorry, we have to wait another 14 months at least to figure out how the businesses will be run but more importantly were waiting to see what the Feds have to say."

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Please for the love of humanity! Do a story about INDUSTRIAL HEMP. These stupid burn out images are not doing any one any favors.

Lisa Hill
Lisa Hill

Those fools mustve been from outta state..

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Just telling it like it is, Robbie Ratay. I've been twisting joints since '74 and I've seen it all. There are those who can handle recreational use of marijuana and those that can't for just like alcohol, it's a drug. So...which dispensary did you try to buy it from? Just sayin'.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Stephen needs to pull the stick outta the ass

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Paul sounds like he needs to smoke a joint n relax.. lay off the coke bud

Leah Ryan
Leah Ryan

There are always going to be stupid and ignorant people in the world in any genre, topic, situation, etc. Just because this one comes with the stereotypical stoner connotation attached to this, doesn't mean everyone is sitting around eating pot brownies now.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

There are two types of people who use marijuana recreationally; the ones able to limit its effect on their life and the "stoner". If you've walked into a dispensary hoping to score a big bag of weed, you're a "stoner" and smoking more probably isn't in your best interest.

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

Ignore this above statement as meaningless and pretend it's not true. Yet, it's 100% true... given that, would you like to recant your stories about legalization?

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

Gee, all this confusion about legalization. Um, I wonder why people might think that it's legalized. Hmmmm.... is it because ALL OF YOU media outlets have gone on and on about something called LEGALIZATION when there was not real legalization? Hmmm???? Good ratings to say legalization. Though...LIES THEY ARE. ARE PEOPLE WHO THINK IT'S LEGAL AND IT IS NOT REALLY IN ANY DANGER BECAUSE OF THIS MISCONCEPTION? Again, what exactly has caused this misconception that people can walk into a dispensary and buy weed? Is it because media has gone on about weed being legalized when it hasn't been really? What a rouse.

orson
orson

Here are some interesting statements from a marijuana defense attorney in Denver - "The partial decriminalization of marijuana has led to much confusion in Colorado. ... Unfortunately, residents may fail to properly understand the law or may fail to take a marijuana charge seriously enough. ... It’s true that marijuana laws have been relaxed somewhat in recent years. It’s equally true that defendants who take charges with a grain of salt do so at their own peril. Authorities are likely to come down hard on those who violate the law despite attempts to accommodate those who wish to be left alone with a small amount of the drug for personal or medical use."

 

http://www.rosenthal-law.net/medical-marijuana-in-colorado/denver-marijuana-defense-attorneys/

 

A64 is more partial decriminalization and is obviously leading to even more confusion with strictly enforced marijuana laws in Colorado.  Because A64 was marketed as a legalization campaign and used catch phrases saying marijuana would be regulated like alcohol, inaccurate information was relayed to voters in Colorado as well as people all over the world confusing people even more.    A64 is bad law and was the wrong approach to expanding rights and access to marijuana.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

I'll be the first to admit, I once lied to my doctor so I can legally get high.  The greatest thing to happen to marijuana in Colorado with A-64 is taking the 'medical' out of marijuana.  It's time to bring cannabis to the masses and leave all the 'patients' to drown in their bullshit. 

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

@Tim Tindle Yes, hemp seems to have been forgotten out of 64. I don't see it getting started until some farmers get interest in advance for their product before they invest in the undertaking. Stories about hemp would certainly help, let Huff Post pick up on them and run with it, maybe a few manufacturers will voice their need for product. Maybe with an advance in money they would grow, since there's still the uncertainty of the feds ignoring it. Maybe a paper mill will open to replace the one closed in AZ and decide to go for hemp paper. Lots of maybe's right now....waiting for Dec. 6th before making plans.

ccapra
ccapra

 @orson

 What versions have you authored that would be better and would win an election?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

 @orson you have an access problem?  hit me up dude!  No shortage of fine grown mountain cannabis around here!  No card, no problem!

kriscuster
kriscuster

@tutonehcc patients like Cashy Hyde, Chaz Moore and Charlotte Figi?

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

 @tutonehcc Except for people like me with serious spinal issues that actually need cannabis for pain relief. Oh, yeah, and all those cancer patients. 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @DonkeyHotay "his office would drop all pending prosecutions of adults for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and/or possession of marijuana paraphernalia."

 

I guess you can't read.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  = still the lying cunt you've always been.

 

A64 does NOT legalize marijuana -- even the Authors of A64 have admitted that fact.

 

 

orson
orson

 @tutonehcc  "defendants who take charges with a grain of salt do so at their own peril" -- good luck with that!

Douglas
Douglas

 @kriscuster  (Kris ...I may have met ya once before, man?)  ...lil Cashy just passed away. Please keep him and, the Hyde family in your thoughts; they need all of our support.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @yodownmuthalicka  Did you like it better when you had to go to a doctor annually and pay $100 per year so you could get your cannabis?

 

Is marijuana more difficult for you to get now that A64 has passed?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

I am sincerely loving this Felch-Fest that you and the Chippi are still perpetuating.  You two should get a room on Colfax and have a good cry together whilst smoking your now-legal pot.

 

While you are at it, invite Orson along and tell him to bring some cannabis party drug.

 

Marijuana IS legal in Colorado, dumbass.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Thisis_Insane  The Donkey would not have it any other way.  

 

Donkey has turned the Westword into a test to see who can give and receive the most abuse.  Anyone that takes themselves too seriously loses the game.

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

 @DonkeyHotay  back to your trolling there, donkey? Cheap name calling and childish reasoning still your standard?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @DonkeyHotay  You never could prove that I ever had a medical card or ever used marijuana.  

 

Neither could SuperBenFranklin or Tom H.N./Matt Landner at Huffpost.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  @yodownmuthalicka 

 

What truly sick person suffering from a debilitating disease would not visit their physician at least once per year?

 

KevinHunt = a fraud and a scammer who abused the "medical" marijuana system just so he could get high.

 

 

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