Marijuana buying limits advised by A64 task force could send prices sky high, attorney says

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We're coming down to the wire on the Amendment 64 task force, whose final meeting is slated for Thursday. But big recommendations have already been put forward, including an okay for pot tourism, albeit with potential limits on purchase amounts for out of staters. Now, though, the task force has suggested buying restrictions on in-state residents, too -- and one longtime marijuana advocate thinks that if the legislature signs on to the idea, prices will go up. A lot.

The recommendations that emerged from yesterday's task-force meeting included requiring child-proof packaging; nixing logos that might appeal to kids; mandating potency labeling; forbidding the addition to weed of addictive ingredients like nicotine; restricting shops from selling products beyond cannabis and items directly related to it (like pipes and papers); and disallowing advertising in venues accessible to children, including TV, radio and what the Denver Post describes as "general-distribution newspapers."

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The first task force meeting took place in mid-December.
No doubt the folks on the sales side of the Westword offices took notice of this last item, which would seem to contradict current rules allowing medical marijuana ads in publications like this one. Could banning ads for recreational pot precipitate a change in policy regarding MMJ? An interested question, and one that may not be answered until May, when Amendment 64-related legislation is expected to be passed, or perhaps even afterward.

Still, the piece of advice that stuck out the most for attorney Warren Edson, a specialist in marijuana law in addition to being a veteran activist for pot policy reform, was the possibility of limiting how much marijuana in-state residents can buy at any given time, rather than allowing them to purchase the one ounce authorized by A64 for adults 21 and over. An amount wasn't specified, but the most common figure floated has been a quarter-ounce.

Edson's reaction to that?

"As you can imagine, my head kind of exploded" upon hearing this suggestion, "as did my Facebook page," he says. "Last night, I couldn't help mentioning how we were told we could possess an ounce at a time and it was going to be regulated like alcohol -- and how can quarter-ounce limits be regulating it like alcohol?"

To this question, Edson received often surprising answers -- some of them from marijuana-reform advocates he thought would be similarly frustrated by the recommendation.

Continue for more about potential marijuana purchase limits.



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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Thanks to both EXCELLENT advice from WW's blogs & a fellow down the street, I now grow LEGALLY and won't need to concern myself w/ prices again !!!

11er
11er

The issue of legalization is really getting way too EF-IN political. I'm in the Chicago area but my advise to you Coloradans is to grow your 6 monster-ass plants and enjoy, and if you see me on 420 or something let me get an O.Z. on the low-low.

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

I guess only time will tell...thanks for the different point of view Grumps, I appreciate it.

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

I hear what your saying, and no, I'll admit, I don't know the black market that well. There are two sides to this argument...what are your thoughts if they allowed you to purchase an oz, but at no discount?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Fifth grader brings marijuana to school ***

SUFFOLK - A fifth grader who brought marijuana to his school in an effort to stop his dad from smoking could be expelled from school.

According to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk, an officer responded to Driver Elementary, 4270 Driver Lane, for a student in possession of marijuana. 

Klink said the student told officers he found marijuana in his dad's truck and took it to school with him to show his teacher he wanted his dad to stop using it.

Bethanne Bradshaw with Suffolk Public Schools said the student was recommended for expulsion per policy and will have an expulsion hearing within 10 days

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Breaking News *** 

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder says he is in the last stages of reviewing new state laws legalizing recreational use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado.

On Tuesday, Holder told a meeting of state attorneys general he is examining policy options and international implications of the issue.

According to the U.S. attorney general, he is still in the process of reviewing the initiatives. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

Holder's assessment could result in the federal government suing the states over the new laws.


tony514
tony514

Hell yea weeds legal ! you can flower 3 plants at a time and i heard you can keep what you harvest i dont know if that true but if it is you can grow 3 plants out side and  get at least a lb from one np i dont see my self going to the store the buy an over priced bag of commerical grade dispencery crap when i can grow my own for less than 10 cents a gram .im pretty sure the price hike is intended for out of state blow hards.

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

Grumps: One ounce doesn't sound too recreational to me. If it's for medical use, yeah, I get it, have an ounce...I really don't mean to sound like a dick, but for personal (a.k.a. recreational) use, you either have crappy pot or a substance abuse problem. I personally think that having an oz actually increases the black market as one can buy an oz, keep an eighth for themselves, and then sell it on the black market to minors or risk crossing state lines and sell it at a higher price. I don't think anything is stopping anybody from buying a quarter at a time from different places. Drive 5 miles and stop at another shop. Remember, this passed based on the potential for revenue, it wasn't meant for bull discounts (which should be provided to those for medical), if you can't afford to buy a legal quarter at a time, grow your own...

stuka1
stuka1


And once again Roberts parrots the straw man of "pot tourism". Why is he buying into the prohibitionist propaganda?

peteg1987
peteg1987

Pot was voted in 'by the people'. What 'the people' should be focused on next is 'organized crime', politicians, regulators, lawmakers, big business, that ignore 'for profit' what has been passed 'by the people'. Corruption, realistically is the greater issue. Since pot was unlawfully enacted 75 yrs. ago I look forward to those that will bring a class action suit against those of government.Wanna see the crooked side, of those in law, that festers in the state of Colo.? (Respectfully, open your eyes, for your offspring, consider what you hear and do or say something, todays technology brings that into your home.) I have a website, petition, and a U-Tube video to share entitiled "Help me buy justice." Pass it on.

Monkey
Monkey

Surprise! The ones interested in commercial marijuana want to keep prices high? I never saw that coming. Regulations and saving the people from themselves always works, that's why cigarettes have gone from $0.25 a pack to $6.00 a pack. Businesses don't pay for regulations, customers do.

stuka1
stuka1

@Patrick Solano There are at least twenty sides to this argument, actually.


What is the point of only allowing a certain amount to be bought at a time, if one can carry a whole oz?  Wouldn't you rather pick up your limit in one trip, and then use it at whatever rate and then only have to go back when you are running low? For many folks that would be several months, even a year or more. Why force folks to make several trips? Its simply asinine.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Headline should be: DARE--brainwashed child follows Big Brother's instruction, gets FUCKDD by Big Brother, becomes latest victim of prohibition oppression

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay = typical no sense of history. Ball's rollin'. And its gonna roll right over DonkeyAssHo and every other prohibitionist twat, just like it did with alhohol prohibition.

stuka1
stuka1

@Patrick Solano Um remember this passed based on the basis of anyone over 21 to be free to legally carry up to an ounce. For most that would mean going to the store and picking up a supply for a quite extended period of time, ***and not having to go back to the store over and over again***. You are simply falling into the trap of looking at this from a prohibitionist perspective, in which everyone is supposedly out to sell what they buy. You haven't thought this through, just like any other prohibitionist.  If everyone buys an ounce thinking that they are going to sell that ounce and make a profit, who are they going to sell it to? The other guy who just bought an ounce thinking he was going to sell it for a profit?  It's idiotic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... reporters who have NO COMPREHENSION of the subject matter are dependent upon the propaganda fed to them by others ... who can then manipulate the message by playing to the media's undiscerning ignorance.

Much the way Stupid Stoners were suckered into voting for A64.


anon14
anon14

@YourNeighborCarl

They still have porn, prostitution and alcohol.

.

orson
orson

@Monkey 

Tobacco consumers complain about the high prices of cigarettes but marijuana users could only dream of those $6 per pack prices.  With around 15 to 20 grams of tobacco per pack that means tobacco users are paying around $10 PER OUNCE!  The retail prices of marijuana are ridiculous.  Only idiots think the going rate in Colorado for an ounce of marijuana is a great price.  If the regulators want to end the black market they should do everything possible to encourage a company like Philip Morris to come in and dominate the marijuana industry, dropping the prices to tobacco levels.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey 

Regulation Works! ... for the Regulators! ... not so much for the Regulated.

Bück Dich!, suckers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

-- College Student fumbles stupa1's ball ! ---

Police link backpack with alcohol, marijuana to UMaine student

University of Maine police went to Hart Hall for a noise complaint late Friday night and found an abandoned backpack with three bottles of alcohol, marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia inside, spokeswoman Margaret Nagel said Tuesday.

“No one claimed to know whose it was,” she said.

It didn’t take officers long to determine who owned the backpack since it contained items that listed the owner’s name, Nagel said.

Police found the backpack at around 11:15 p.m. Friday and could see it held a bottle of Bacardi 151. After searching inside for the owner’s identification, officers also found a pot pipe with marijuana residue, two containers that contained a small amount of pot and “a name on an article,” Nagel said. She did not indicate what the article was.

Christy Smith, 20, a resident of York Hall, was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana, the spokeswoman said. She also was referred to judicial affairs for the alcohol.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

stupa's balls are rollin' everywhere ...

*** Cops raid home for marijuana, cash ***

 FALL RIVER, Mass. -- A raid on Magellan Street in Fall River netted two suspects along with more than $21,000 cash and nine-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.

Police detectives executed a search warrant and arrested Pedro N. Albergaria, 51, of Fall River, and Joseph Northrup, 61, of Newport, R.I. 

Both were charged with possession of a Class D drug and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Albergaria had the additional charge of distribution of a class D drug.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

Watch the Rollin' Ball ...

Quincy Councilors to seek 9-month Medical-marijuana Moratorium 

Quincy city councilors have put off enacting restrictions on medical marijuana-distribution centers, but may impose a nine-month moratorium instead.


tony514
tony514

@DonkeyHotay Kinda funny a guy who named himself jackass calls people ignorant.If you dont like stoners move to another state  and quit bugging colorado people with your narrow minded pest style views you Jack Ass!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Ignorant prick. 55%% of colorado voters arent "stupid stoners".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson @Monkey .

If PM and Tobacco were REGULATED like Marijuana in Colorado -- forced to grow INDOORS under environmentally destructive coal-fired high-wattage electric lights, tracked seed-to-sale for every gram they produced, over taxed with obscene State/City licensing fees, and the hundreds of other absurd regulations, restrictions and rules that Stoners BEGGED for, you'd be paying as much for a pack of Marlboros as you do for dispensary schwag.

When was the last time you saw BigTobacco chanting "Regulation Works!" ... please ram some "Regulatory Framework" up our ass! ... please have Government Bureaucrats micro-manage every aspect of our Tobacco industry ...




orson
orson

Oh, and that $10 for an ounce of tobacco of course includes rolling, filters, packaging, shipping to your locale, and taxes.  Everybody in the tobacco industry gets paid from that $10 per ounce.  Freaking out now marijuana entrepreneurs?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = pathetic basement dwelling loser who gets pedantic over pieceofshit blog software typo glitches

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "He got sucked by thein [sic] same old  prohibition meat grinderr. [sic]"

Stay stupid, stoner ... it's your only skill.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 He got sucked by thein same old  prohibition meat grinderr. The ball is gonna stop this shit from happening. Just you are too fucking retarded to figure that out.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1  

And in how many of those states is recreational cannabis legal yet, you irrelevant pathetic puerile pathological liar?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 Irrelevant. Folks off in Bumfuk were doing illegal shit and got popped. Don't piss off the power company. No surprise here. <yawn>

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Idaho. Home of Ted Kazinsky. No surprise there at all, basement boy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

Two more suckers get Rolled by stupa's Ball --

FREMONT -- About 2,000  marijuana plants were confiscated from a Fremont building over the weekend, police said.

Officers responded to the 37500 block of Glenmoor Drive on Friday for a report of a suspicious circumstance after a PG&E utility worker visited the building and found that power to the building had been bypassed..

The worker also smelled a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the building, police said.

A judge issued a search warrant and inside the building officers found nearly 2,000 marijuana plants which they confiscated.

In addition, officers arrested two people they found hiding inside the building in connection to the illegal grow operation.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

Play Ball !!

* Idaho Legislature Rejects All Marijuana *

Reuters-The Idaho Senate on Monday made its position clear with a 29-5 vote against allowing marijuana for even medical uses ...


tony514
tony514

@CloudGang  way to go man you added your 2 cents.id be offended if you actualy knew me before you insulted me.

stuka1
stuka1


@tony514 DonkeyHotay Lord of La Munchies, Lord oh his mamas basement, livin on the little she makes givin rusty trombones to hobos on colfax

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

A64 = a CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION against Marijuana Users and Growers in Colorado ...

... with extra Taxes and Government Regulation added for fun.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = lying basement dwelling one note jonny pig ignorant twat

Most coloradans voted for A64 because they are sick of prohibition, period. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... true that ... many of the 55%% were PRO-regulation Law Enforcement, Government Bureaucrats, Big $$ Dispensary Cartel Pigs and Marijuana McLawyers who knew they would reap a financial windfall if they convinced  STUPID STONERS like you to help pass the festering turd that is A64.

Stay Stupid, Stoner ... it's what you do best.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson 

Regulate Alcohol Like Marijuana! ... or Plutonium, whichever is less.


orson
orson

@DonkeyHotay @orson @Monkey  

Regulate tobacco like marijuana!  Lol....ridiculous.

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