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Weedmaps.com founder wants pot farmer's market in Boulder

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Last week, Weedmaps.com founder and CEO Justin Hartfield made some waves in Boulder by announcing his plans for a ganja-only farmer's market in the college town in the Boulder Daily Camera.

While it makes sense, especially considering Boulder's reputation for being a haven of all-things-organic farmer's markets and quality marijuana, it isn't likely to become reality any time soon.

Medical marijuana farmers markets have been around for a number of years in other states. Seattle, for example, has one of the largest and longest running cannabis farmer's markets. For Colorado, Hartfield is proposing roadside setups on agricultural land where as many as 99 farmers could showcase their harvests.

As cities around Colorado discuss how to implement the legalization initiative Amendment 64, we believe it is important that local communities create standards and opportunities that are appropriate to the local culture," Harfield wrote on the proposal's page at SimpleGov.org (a website also owned by Hartfield). "For this reason, we are proposing that Boulder certify an organic cannabis farmer's market zone district, where growers from around the state can sell their products to adult residents in designated places."

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Justin Hartfield from a Weedmaps.com video.
"The concept would be a new one for Colorado - mostly because Colorado laws don't allow for personal sales of either medical or recreational marijuana from person to person.
"I got news for you: Marijuana is legal in Colorado," Hartfield told the Huffington Post last week. "It's no longer a drug in a sense. It's a plant. It's a commodity. There's no reason not to allow trade in it openly."

While we agree, that unfortunately just isn't going to be the case given our current set of laws and regulation (yes, even including Amendment 64).

According to state laws, caregivers can only provide medicine for up to five patients and can only be compensated for the growing efforts and reasonable expenses - it's not to be for-profit. Basically, the laws were written so that if you want to provide cannabis for more than five people, you have to open a dispensary to do so.

Because of those stipulations, a cannabis farmers market for medical marijuana would fall into some murky legal gray areas.

But as for recreational cannabis, it seems that a farmer's market of private growers would be all but impossible given that person-to-person sales of marijuana are still illegal under state law. The only sales that Amendment 64 allows are from retail stores to the consumer and from distributors to retail stores. As quite a few people learned right after Amendment 64 passed, you can't offer marijuana up as a bonus for goods and services offered - like a $50 bumper sticker that comes with a "free" bag of ganja.

But aside from state law prohibiting it, Boulder officials say it is something that would be possible - though they point out that the city has yet to write its retail marijuana laws.

Hartfield knows this, and he also knows the value of publicity - which he admits this first push for a farmer's market is all about. Getting the conversation started is his main goal, he told HuffPo.

"Right now, we'll consider any response from the officials as a success -- good, bad, or indifferent."



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19 comments
Mar Marcia
Mar Marcia

so they can pull you over for driving while impaired? 5ng of active THC ... just a thought

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

A farmer's market in cannabis is a wonderful idea, but our defective laws (yes, including Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Constitution) will stymie it for the foreseaable future.  The State's audit is to be used as a vehicle to further squeeze medical cannabis -- the prohibitionists have secured the agreement of the CDPHE and DOR to move against caregivers and restrict the recommendation of more than six plants.  Steve King and the other vampires continue to fight to maintain the maximum scope to arrest people for cannabis and to transfer as much control over medicinal cannabis away from the state health agency, which the Constitution says is to be responsible for it.  While it won't help Justin Hartfield's plan for a farmer's market, the need to press the demand the end of felony penalties for cannabis should be clear to everyone who uses it.  This is the single most effective approach to stopping the prohibitionists' depredations, because our Constitution says that cannabis is to be "regulated in a manner similar to alcohol", and violations of the Liquor Code are only misdemeanors.

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

Don't know...signed the original petition for the law, but it's been annoying ever since it passed. You'd think that Colorado had nothing else to offer.

Val Unlisted
Val Unlisted

If it's not just 52 different vendors selling pot and it's more unique or home-made items.

reeferaddict
reeferaddict

Can you really be a CEO when you are the founder, sole owner and only employee? What a fucking joke. And Weedmaps sucks. 

This will go nowhere.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

More Delusional Stoner Nonsense ... from a fool clueless enough to denigrate cannabis in the eyes of the public by referring to it as "weed" like some puerile street punk.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase "A farmer's market in cannabis is a wonderful idea"

@RobertChase"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" 

@RobertChase "the prohibitionists have secured the agreement of the CDPHE and DOR to move against caregivers and restrict the recommendation of more than six plants."

The Stupid Stoners and the Lying Liar McLawyers behind A64 SURRENDERED TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana to the Prohibitionist Politicians and Law Enforcement Goons, limiting possession to a PATHETIC OUNCE ... while further attempting to obtain monopoly status for their Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel clients.

The Voters have Spoken!

pitchman101
pitchman101

@Val Unlisted Val. Your a frickn hottie! wouldnt mind growing your crop!. Maybe work on some Unique home made item with you.

O ya, and hit the weed market!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Alicia Patches Schuster  

NO!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@reeferaddict ... Boulder has already stated this hare-brained idea won't be happening, for numerous legal reasons.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  There is no reason that DOR oversight of recreational cannabis needs to be heavy-handed, for cannabis growing from seed until it is sold to be videoed, or why farmer's markets for fine cannabis should be precluded -- this is just what was dictated by the members of the Fascist and Collaborationist Parties that comprise Colorado's General Assembly.  About the only positive thing to have come out of SB10-109, HB10-1284, and HB11-1043 is that they (HB10-1284 in particular) may have represented Chris Romer's political Swan song; a final act of petulant stupidity on his part that will do a disservice to Coloradans for years to come.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "Telling our supposed representativves [sic] what we want would be ..."

... as useful as a miniskirt at a convent. 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Telling our supposed representativves what we want would be more effective than sitting around getting stoned -- as it happens, we can do both.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "There is no reason that DOR oversight of cannabis needs to be heavy-handed"

From the fantastical imagination of Robert Von Munchhausen.

Next stunning revelations -- there is no reason for Fascists to wear Jackboots, or for the sky to be blue.


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