Amendment 64: Should the state run commercial shops for recreational marijuana?

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Another controversial question has emerged at Governor John Hickenlooper's task force on Amendment 64, which legalizes small amounts of pot for adult use: Should the state operate commercial establishments for recreational marijuana? The group, which will ultimately present policy recommendations, hasn't made determinations yet, but the debate is likely to be contentious, since a state system would nix private businesses.

The idea was first discussed at the "regulatory framework" working group of the governor's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, whose membership was announced when he signed the measure into law last month.

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Sam Levin
Inside the first Amendment 64 task force meeting.
With A64 official, it is now legal for adults to possess small amounts and smoke marijuana in private. But the legislature still has to establish rules for how pot will ultimately be regulated and sold.

The commercial component is a central consideration of the task force and one that has raised questions about whether retail marijuana shops should be limited to Colorado residents.

The idea of possible state-operated recreational marijuana dispensaries was raised yesterday at a full meeting of the task force, which met for the first time last month and has divided into sub-groups. At this stage of the process, the task force has only done preliminary work intended to pinpoint the central issues.

In a state-run system, an agency "would be responsible for owning and operating the stores," explains Kevin Bommer, deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League and a member of the task force.

Bommer says there wasn't too much debate on the matter at the full task force meeting yesterday, but more concrete recommendations will likely be made in the coming weeks. He adds that the concept is under consideration in Washington state, which also legalized marijuana in November, which is partly why Colorado is also exploring this option.

State-run operations could function in different ways, but such a system would probably negate private dispensaries -- a different model than the one established for medical marijuana centers in Colorado.

"If the regulatory working group comes back and says that this is an option that is available under Amendment 64....then we'll look at it under that light," says Bommer, a member of the local authority and control working group.

Continue for commentary from one task force member who supports the idea.


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Mish Desmarais
Mish Desmarais

Private. It would be a huge mistake to do state run stores. If you want to keep the black market alive, go ahead and make dispensaries state run.

Jeremy Hull
Jeremy Hull

The government already has enough stuff to totally screw up, leave it to private enterprise.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

Grow your own! It's easy, and cheaper.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Private, i don't want azatrol and gmo's in my medicine. I want organic grown with love and care. Also, private people give discounts the government will never do this the choice is easy. Look at utah for their liquor laws state run lq stores. Not who you want growing your weed and selling it.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Thanks for the propaganda Sam.  Can we have a state run Alt-Weekly...Oh wait we do the Westword Colorado´s best state run paper.

Nolan Shipman
Nolan Shipman

I toooootally want the government fucking with the weed I buy.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Justin, what exactly is there to like about state run mj shops? On a side note if the state decides they get to run them then they should also run the pharmacies and liquor stores. Period. No double-standard for the safest drug of them all. Dispensaries across multiple states have proven that privately operated works just fine.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

The ownership and operation of licensed cannabis shops should be left to the private sector. It is the private sector that is responsible for excellence and innovation in every industry, and government interference and participation should be limited to regulation administration and enforcement.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

This is still America. Private run please. The government will get their cut. Since its legal here and illegal federally, then I think the state should keep ALL tax! Why give the tax revs to the government?

Scott R. Shriver
Scott R. Shriver

Yes. wait, no... Crud, what was the question? And just where are the Doritos?

Ken Romero
Ken Romero

Private, after all what hasn't the govnt F#cked up?

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

I like some of the ideas about state ran weed shops but I think privately owned is the way to go as all the dispensaries are owned by private citizens. While there are some benefits to having the state run shops I maintain that we do not ask the government to run liquor stores and could always use more small businesses to help the local economy. I really have a hard time buying the argument that somehow kids will be able to purchase weed any quicker or more conveniently than they could when I was a teenager back in the 90's. I started smoking pot right before my 13th birthday in '93 and have never really had issues getting weed throughout these years.

Chad DuVall
Chad DuVall

Private. The state will get their cut.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Stupid Stoner Chronicles --  Nearly two pounds of marijuana recovered in Larimer County traffic stop

FORT COLLINS -- Nearly two pounds of marijuana and a stolen gun were recovered during a traffic stop on Interstate 25 early Tuesday morning.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a vehicle traveling more than 110 miles per hour on I-25 north of Fort Collins around 1:30 a.m.

In the vehicle, 28.75 ounces of marijuana were recovered, along with a nine millimeter Springfield handgun that deputies said had been stolen from Spearfish, S.D.

Shane Wagner, 26, a former Loveland resident currently living in Belle Fourche, S.D., was charged with felony possession of marijuana, theft by receiving, driving while canceled/denied and speeding. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Fort Collins for failure to appear in court for a driving under restraint hearing.

The passenger, Jeremy Christopherson, 24, of Spearfish was charged with felony possession of marijuana and theft by receiving.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22334111/nearly-two-pounds-marijuana-recovered-larimer-county-traffic

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

LOL! --- stupid stoners voted to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to BigGovernment State REGULATORS via A64.

Prepare to get the REGULATION you fools begged for, suckers!

Bück Dich!

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

I can't think of a single thing related to Marijuana that the state has not completely gobbed up.  No way in hell the state could function coherently enough to pull this off.

Den420ver
Den420ver

Hey! Christian Thurstone can I kick you in nuts? and maybe you might achieve enlightenment, and see Cannabis and Hemp is the safest therapeutically plant for the healing of all living beings and our planet. You Assclown!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Reefer Madness Doctor is for it? Who would have guessed?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

That is absolutely NOT what A64 calls for! State-run stores is the major reason Oregon defeated their initiative. I effing swear if you do this, I'll start selling.

Den420ver
Den420ver

No F*ckin Way! This needs to be for the people and grown by the people. State ran, really? NO! NO! NO! F*ck! They can't even run the DMV right! Oh I think I'm having an aneurysm!

matador13th
matador13th

@Mike Milos And on the other hand, if you dont exercise your right believe you me they WILL take them from you, believe that!

matador13th
matador13th

@Mike Milos Def not easy, unless your going out and getting one of your mothers pot plant with the soil from the grown and good o RA growing is a bitch you have to watch it very close, everything you do is critical lots of studying, practice makes perfect. it is also not cheap set up can get easily into a couple bills just for lights, if your lucky, not to mention grow time cure time and holy shit i just fucked up 2 months time it will just be easier to buy local boom!

matador13th
matador13th

@Sean Paasche Gronbeck not to mention this state is the biggest fascist commy ridden state in the "union"

matador13th
matador13th

@Samuel Walter "limited to regulation administration and enforcement"-lol not even that sun!

matador13th
matador13th

@Josh Moore "This is still America."-LMFAAO YEA RIGHT HAHAHA WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE LIL GIRL!

matador13th
matador13th

@Scott R. Shriver Their behind that lased weed you just bought from the gov. for being a cool fucking guy! 

matador13th
matador13th

@Sam Harper lol omg a real fucking answer, good one seeing how the Gov. is already a corporation lol any way!

matador13th
matador13th

@Justin Novak "I really have a hard time buying the argument that somehow kids will be able to purchase weed any quicker"-this is jus plainly fucking stupid, the first thing i ever tried were a cig at like 9 and sum liq around that time, all of which were around way easy by your family. The issue isn't that kids will get it easier which they absolutely will, the issue is so fucking what!

matador13th
matador13th

@Justin Novak "While there are some benefits to having the state run shops"- Name fucking one?! "we do not ask the government to run liquor stores"-In what fucking world do you live in holy shit i dont know you but you seem like a tottaly Rachel Maddow zombie democrat moron lol

matador13th
matador13th

@DonkeyHotay "TOTAL"-how if you can grow, its called a fail safe may be you've heard of it? 

matador13th
matador13th

@D0NKEYH0TAY lol just because they dont care about your dumb ass and make the system shitty for you doesn't mean it doesn't work perfectly for them!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@Den420ver I am right there with you.  Should I wear steel-toed boots or cowboy boots?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Den420ver "can I kick you in nuts?"

Corey is the resident "nut tapper" .

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Den420ver I'm so glad I didn't vote for this clusterfuck...and concern that this sort of thing would happen is one reason why.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Nope. The point is, LOTS OF US will respond. I'm speaking up for the crowd. Rather than see people smoking brick weed, we'll do something about it (and in doing so, give the violence at the border a bit of a break.)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay I wear my politics on my sleeve. There's no "closet" there. Your funny name for it, though, makes no sense, since I'm not a leftist like you or a bomb-thrower. If they violate the constitution, I intend to follow its intent.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "the crowd" didn't appoint a closeted anarchist like you to be their spokesclown.

Your delusions of grandeur, and your willingness to become a State Drug-Selling Felon are hereby noted.


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