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Club 710 attendees.
Stop by The Front Tea and Arts weekday mornings and you'll find a typical small-town Colorado coffee shop, showcasing a wide range of teas and coffees plus the work of local artists. But lately on certain evenings, the smell of roasted beans switches over to the smell from vaporized bowls of Colorado ganja.

Formerly (as in last week) dubbed The Hive, the coffee shop is really just a gathering spot for cannabis users 21 and up to get together and swap herb and stories. No marijuana is actually bought or sold; that would be illegal. It operates as a bring-your-own-buds spot, although sharing is not only accepted but encouraged. The co-op meets every night except for Thursdays. Most of the time, the evenings involve casual hanging out -- but The Front also holds events like poetry and game nights.

The Front is one of several pot-friendly venues popping up around the state, including attorney Rob Corry's Club 64, as well as Studio 64/Club 710 in the Springs. (The latter's name stems from hash oil smokers -- "oil" upside down and backwards). Rob Tillery, whose Blazing Events production company puts on the Club 710 parties, says they've seen a huge turnout over the last two Sundays they've operated.

"We had patients come out who said they never drink and never hang out in a social atmosphere like this," he said. "They told me that they don't drink and that they aren't throwing huge house parties anymore, so things like [Club 710] are a nice way to get out and socialize and be with like-minded individuals."

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Club 710.
Tillery says they are operating completely legally under Amendment 64; he's simply providing the private space for people to gather and smoke cannabis and hash. Membership will run you $20 but assures you a spot in the club, which Tillery says hit capacity last Sunday.

Front owner Veronica Carpio also she says she's seen a steady flow of people showing up to her small event, creating what she hopes to be a cannabis cultural center for Boulder county. She notes that she is in complete compliance with Amendment 64, which is a good thing for Carpio.

As Westword reported in November of 2011, Carpio was formerly the owner of 420 Highways in Lafayette, which she shut down in July 2011. In the months following, Carpio was arrested for setting up a ten-pound cannabis deal worth $30,000 with an undercover cop. Carpio denied that the buds were hers, but admitted to selling off surplus from her dispensary after it closed -- though never to anyone from out of state.

As part of a plea deal with the state, Carpio copped to felony marijuana possession and was given a year of probation and two days' worth of community service. In return, the state dropped the distribution charges against her. She says the new coffee shop in no way violates her probation.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Carpio's status with the state and reasons for closing down her shop. They have since been corrected.

More from our Marijuana archvie: "Marijuana: Boulder official calls for dual licenses on pot shops" and "Video: Miss Iowa opposes and supports recreational marijuana at same time."


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tutonehcc
tutonehcc

That's so amazing, getting high at a cannabis club legally!  Rob Cory for President!

unclebubba
unclebubba

We have finally come through, Club 64's next event has been set.  January 26th, 2013 in Denver, advanced tickets are being sold at club64colorado.com or you can pay at the door, see you there.

Ross Tucker
Ross Tucker

Fuck yes... i need to get back to colorado... damn

Randy E. Skunk
Randy E. Skunk

pahahahahahaha Dumbass wannabe gangster fag tim! U type like a idiot whiteboy! If u pay for something that is always free your dumb and westword....stop asking stupid questions. Who the hell wants to pay for smoking pot when we can grow it and smoke it at home for free? THIS IS THE DUMBEST SHIT EVER! I cannot believe that the media is covering this retarded shit!

Tony Soto
Tony Soto

The day has come! However, Carpio is lying. Since dispensaries opened a few years ago, there has never been a ban onMMJ in Lafayette.

mmjfarmclub
mmjfarmclub

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malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Pragmatic libertarians (minimal-statists) and true conservatives agree that many, if not most, of society's problems are caused by government usurping choices that could better be made by individuals themselves, and that government is just about the worst way of doing almost anything. Where libertarianism normally parts company with "fake" conservatism is over moral issues. But a true conservative would have no problem with agreeing that what people do with their own bodies, and especially in the privacy of their own home, should be supremely their business and that anything else would entail ignoring the basic tenet of limited government.


Fake-conservatism on the other hand has much in common with socialism and farm animals. Authoritarian-socialists, fake-conservatives and Donkeys appear to harbor the belief that nature does not exist and that any human can be "re-educated" into being anything society wishes. Leftists therefore tend to believe that little boys can be conditioned into preferring dolls over toy soldiers, and similarly, fake-conservatives believe that adults can be coerced into choosing alcohol over marijuana. A true conservative, just like a pragmatic libertarian, would immediately reject both ideas as nonsense. 


If you support prohibition then you are NOT a conservative.

Conservative principles quite clearly are:


1) Limited, locally controlled government.

2) Individual liberty coupled with personal responsibility.

3) Free enterprise.

4) A strong national defense.

5) Fiscal responsibility.


Prohibition is actually an authoritarian war on our economy and Constitution.


It's all about market and cost/benefit analysis. Whether any particular drug is good, bad, or otherwise is irrelevant. As long as there is demand for any mind altering substance there WILL be supply! The only affect prohibiting it has is to drive the price up while increasing the costs and profits - and where there is illegal profit to be made criminals and terrorists thrive.

hempinco
hempinco

parole?  i believe your article said probation, o well stoners writing about stoners, what do I expect? I live  in Lafayette and have been to the Front. There is no smoking, only use of vap. There is no co-op or club. I have seen both, pot users and non pot users at the shop. I have never seen her use anything, and 420highways was not shut down. She pleaded to possession, she was screwed, everyone knew she possessed and distributed legally.  Duu...That was entrapment if I have ever seen it, i still would like to know who much of my tax money they spent on that crap case. She has been damaged enough, let it go. She is tying to run a small business in a tiny town. Get it right Westword and all you haters!

Monkey
Monkey

At least give the members a chunk of hash or a gram of weed when entering for their fee, otherwise it's just a high school party with no keg for people over 21. What's next, an oxy club that lets you snort oxy's in private, so we can socialize with like-minded people? Perhaps a bar, that sells juice so they don't have to get a liquor license, but lets you bring your own alcohol to privately mix in your drink? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Any City, County or even the State could INSTANTLY shut these Dope Dens down ... by merely amending the existing NO SMOKING laws to incorporate marijuana and any other smokable substance into the current ordinances prohibiting tobacco smoking.

Veronica Carpio has an idiot for an attorney, as committing Federal Felonies -- i.e. operating or providing a property for the consumption of illegal (federal) drugs -- especially for profit as she is doing, is a clear violation of the standard Terms and Conditions for ALL State Felony Probationers.

She's hereby nominated for the Chris Bartkowicz Prize for self-destructive public hubris.

And why does Billy Breathes continue to LIE about Rapist Rob Corry's Club64 being a venue? ... it has no permanent location, as you well know.



WillBreathes
WillBreathes

@Tony Soto That was an error and has since been corrected. Thanks for the comment Tony.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mmjfarmclub "Club 710 Recrational [sic] Cannabis Club" "only the best entertianment [sic]" "city premire [sic]" "Our sponsos [sic] include"

Stupid Stoner Retards are as Stupid Stoner Retards do.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@malcolmkyle16 

A64 = a Statist Manifesto that SURRENDERS ALL CONTROL of Marijuana over to BIG Government REGULATORS and the insatiable Department of Revenue.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hempinco "She pleaded to possession, she was screwed, everyone knew she possessed and distributed legally."

Then she should have argued her case in front of a jury ... a Pot-Friendly Boulder County Jury. How hard could that be?

But her own MOUTH, caught on surveillance tape confessing to all manner of Interstate Felonies and State Crimes, rendered any possibility of acquittal moot. 

Selling 10lbs of pot to an undercover agent who she knew was going to ship it out of state isn't legal in this or any other state.

Try again Veronica.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "a gram of weed when entering for their fee"

Sales, by any other ruse, are still illegal.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Yep, she is an idiot who can't learn to keep her mouth shut. And the feds love to seize property used in felonies too. That's the new big thing in Cali.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WillBreathes @hempinco 

Stoners don't need facts ... they just make shit up and hope their stoner pals are dumb enough to believe it.

funatthepark
funatthepark

@DonkeyHotay @hempinco What proof do you  have that she was on tape confessing to interstate and state crimes?? Please provide that proof other wise everything you state is hearsay and meaningless. 10lbs for 30k? you do the math, that does not even make sense. Go to trial for what? She was guilty of possession and distribution - she was a dispensary owner, patient, grower, ran a collective +. Who in their right mind would go to trail for 6 charges vs plea to one. Have you no mercy? You really hate this woman - maybe she refused to buy your swag weed back in the day. Let it go other wise you should shut your mouth and stop your lies.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  My after dinner mint is complimentary, not a sale. Give the members complementary weed, like a toothpick, and no one can claim a sale occurred. My grocery store gives out samples all the time.

mmjfarmclub
mmjfarmclub

@Monkey give me a link to someone that had there property seized please

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@funatthepark "What proof do you  have that she was on tape confessing to interstate and state crimes?? "

Are you stupid, or just ignorant?

Carpio -- the owner of 420 Highway at 201 E. Simpson St. in Lafayette before it closed -- was arrested in November 2011 after a three-month undercover operation.

According to an arrest report, the Boulder County Drug Task Force began an investigation into Carpio in August 2011 after inspectors with the United States Postal Service indicated they had a confidential informant who could buy large amounts of marijuana from a former dispensary owner in Lafayette.

Police say the informant twice met Carpio to buy two pounds of marijuana, which the informant told Carpio was going to a friend in Missouri, according to the report. The informant and an undercover officer then arranged for the informant to buy 10 pounds of marijuana for $30,000 from Carpio, which the undercover officer told Carpio he would be taking back to Missouri, according to police records.

The report showed that during the conversation about buying the 10 pounds of marijuana, Carpio made several comments to the undercover officer about transporting the marijuana out of the state, including referencing past instances in which she had people transport marijuana for her. She also referenced mailing large amounts of cash, according to the report.

The buy was arranged at a house at 313 West Baseline Road that Carpio was leasing, according to police records. Carpio was then arrested at the residence by task force officers and taken to the Lafayette Police Department. Police said a search of the house turned up 10 pounds of marijuana.


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  And do those coffee shops and grocery stores pay sales tax on the toilet paper they let customers use? Are the straws they give you to stir the coffee a sale? When you go to the doughnut shop with all the little piggies, be sure to inform the owner he is really selling doughnut boxes, because you can't get one without purchasing a doughnut. If a club doesn't buy the weed, they don't pay use tax, and members don't pay sales tax, it is complimentary. Just like the mint on the pillow of the hotel room you rented, you did not buy the mint, and the hotel did not sell you the mint, even though you couldn't get access to the mint without renting the room.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey = Epic Fail Redux

When Supermarkets offer Buy One, Get One FREE, they are required to collect SALES tax on the retail value of BOTH items. Check your receipt the next time you exit King Soopers or Safeway.

When a coffee shop gives you a "Free" coffee after you purchase 10, they are required to PAY the equivalent sales tax on the "free" one they gave you.

If you collect anything a value as a prerequisite to  receiving something else of value, it is considered a "sale" for both tax and law enforcement purposes.

If the "clubs" and events were completely free, without any requisite $$ paid to the operators -- whether you give it trite names like "membership" or "admission fees" or other stoner delusions -- and the "free" items were available to anyone, then the distribution of the pot would not be considered a sale.

The rest of your not-so-novel schemes have long ago been tried and FAILED by countless others trying to evade taxes / law enforcement.

Don't be a Veronica.

hempinco
hempinco

@DonkeyHotay you sound like an ex-boyfriend or anti-marijuana cop.  You really hate this girl. Wow, you act like you know her but your comments make it so obvious that you dont. Maybe you should meet her and stop listing to rumors. Or just get a life and stop obsessing about her. Smoke a joint and relax DH.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay The DOR doesn't consider the mint a sale Donkey, for any purpose. Use tax is collected for anything the business buys and uses, like equipment, supplies and complimentary mints. The membership fee is to enter, the toothpicks, mints and some weed are complimentary, used by the members, not sold by the club. But.........They are already on to it, so getting around the law today will be different tomorrow.

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/colorado/ap_colorado/Fruita-passes-moratorium-on-private-pot-clubs_61286426

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Case in Point -- from recollection -- the fact pattern went like this:

Part-time table vendor of miscellaneous items at the Mile High Flea Market decided one hot summer day to also offer ice cold soda beverages out of his personal cooler, and no surprise that attendees soon offered him $$ for his beers too. 

Sales were brisk for a week or so, until the Liquor Licensing goons from DOR showed up and cited him for selling alcohol without a liquor license. 

Not to be deterred -- in Carpio-Monkey-Tutone fashion -- this self-taught genius came up with the brilliant idea of giving away the ice-cold beers for "free" ... with the purchase of an old nut or bolt from his hardware bucket for $5.00

Guess what happened when the DOR Liquor Enforcement goons returned, and guess what the Colorado Courts decided about his "brilliant" scheme?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "My after dinner mint is complimentary, not a sale."

Epic Fail. The insatiable Dept. of Revenue DOES consider it a "sale" for tax purposes, and charges the restaurant sales/use tax on those mints, whether you pay directly for them or not, the restaurant must submit sales tax equivalent to its nominal retail value to the DOR.

@Monkey"Give the members complementary weed"

If PAID membership is requisite to receiving the "weed", then it can legally be considered a "sale" for tax, legal and law enforcement purposes.

@Monkey "My grocery store gives out samples all the time."

And your grocery store doesn't require a PAID fee as a requisite to receiving the "sample".

You're starting to sound like Veronica Carpio ...

Monkey
Monkey

@mmjfarmclub  I believe cars are seized everyday related to marijuana, but I'll give a few examples of other seizers. You too can use google, it's not hard.

On Nov. 18, prosecutors filed a forfeiture complaint against Ezazi, contending that marijuana was still being distributed at the property in violation of federal drug laws.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/11/local/la-me-0712-marijuana-oakland-20120712

http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/Agents-seized-high-grade-marijuana-plane/-/9153762/17144740/-/tcmdp2/-/index.html?absolute=true

http://www.redwoodtimes.com/ci_22034880/more-guns-and-marijuana-seized-at-eureka-home?source=most_viewed

http://www.registerguard.com/web/news/sevendays/29013250-50/marijuana-police-guns-raid-seized.html.csp

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mmjfarmclub @Monkey

Landlords, property owners are new targets in anti-pot strategy

The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those who do business with them.

The latest possible targets: landlords and property owners who rent buildings or land where dispensaries sell or cultivators grow marijuana.

The U.S. attorneys from California’s four federal districts are preparing to unveil in the coming days their latest effort to push a coordinated statewide marijuana enforcement strategy. That approach includes the possible seizure of land or buildings leased to marijuana operations that may be legal under state law but remain illegal under federal statutes.

http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/landlords-property-owners-are-new-targets-anti-pot-strategy-12967

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