Marijuana: Annie's in Central City gets first recreational pot sales license anywhere

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Central City is used to making history. The Rush to the Rockies got its start in May 1859, when John Gregory made the first lode discovery on Clear Creek. The town sprang up right above that find and grew so fast that it almost became the state capitol; today it's home to the historic Teller House, Victorian buildings and casinos made possible by Colorado voters. And now Central City has made more history, as home to the first business granted a recreational marijuana retail sales license not just in Colorado, but the world.

Annie's, the recipient of the license, is housed in a historic building at 135 Nevada Street that dates back to 1864, was gutted by the fire of 1874, then was rebuilt. Over the years, it's been everything from a saloon to a garage to a tourist-trap jail exhibit. In 1992, it became the first place to be granted a casino license in Colorado: for Annie Oakley's Casino. (There's no evidence that the famous sharpshooter ever set foot in the structure, although her mentor, Buffalo Bill, did put on a show in the opera house -- so it's possible that Annie Oakley at least saw Central City.)

Like so many of the mom-and-pop casinos that opened at the start of gambling, Annie Oakley's closed when bigger casinos moved into town. The spot then reopened as Annie Oakley's Emporium, a convenience store. And it became a lot more convenient a few years ago, when it started stocking medical marijuana along with groceries and liquor.

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This past April, the business was sold to Strainwise, which now has eight dispensaries in Colorado, with locations in Denver, Idaho Springs and Wheat Ridge as well as Annie's. The plan is for all eight to get retail licenses, so that they can sell recreational marijuana as well as medical marijuana, explains Strainwises's Erin Phillips.

One of the Denver dispensaries, the Grove, was the first to have a recreational-sales hearing in Denver, she notes. (Under Colorado rules, a local hearing comes after the state has signed off on a recreational sales license application -- for which only approved MMJ facilities can currently apply.) And yesterday, three of the five Strainwise centers in Denver were all approved for their recreational sales licenses.

But by then, Annie's already had its license -- even if it can't sell recreational pot until January 1. Central City had nabbed another historic first by "processing it through a lot faster," says Phillips.

Then again, the Central City chief of police, who delivered that first recreational marijuana sales license, didn't have far to go: The police station shares a wall with Annie's.

"It's the same old bureaucratic piece of paper," Phillips says of this first license. "But we might put it in a fancy frame."

Go to page two for photos of Annie's and their products.

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laurabanks98765
laurabanks98765

Many cannabis users are delusional psychopaths


Based on the sudy performed by the Australian National Survey of Mental Health, it appears that regular tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use disorders were much more common in those who screened positive for psychotic disorders. Those with cannabis dependence disorder were significantly more likely to have delusional-like experiences. Compared to nonusers, users with the youngest age of onset (16 years or less) had about ten-fold increased odds of endorse DLE probe items.

http://iamphoneybaloney911.blogspot.com/

Koch brothers conspired to turn 20 million Americans to mentally impaired cannabis addicts and ruin small businesses by forcing the employers to pay for their rehabilitation.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

Can I just say one thing?  I've heard the pros and cons, and there is validity to points on both sides of the 'recreational use' issue. But I think I'm going thumbs down overall. To the "but alcohol is legal..." argument - two wrongs don't make a right.  Alcohol is bad - so why promote and pile on another intoxicant.

I can't help but think people will buy it legally there and sell it to minors and across state lines sometimes.  It will be interesting to see how this shakes out (pardon the pun).  Do you think legalization is a type of promotion or endorsement? Do you think it's going green light this substance to a bunch of folks who really have no business messing with it? Don't you think too many users overlook the negative effects? The high grade stuff that's being grown now has very high THC content and causes profound intoxication.  It's kind of a gamble of how it's going to hit people. Tell me where I'm wrong.

lsdjf
lsdjf

the could be so much on the edge if they accepted bitcoin!

cchi.2014
cchi.2014

Very nice, one more nail in the coffin of cannabis prohibition.

klofkorn
klofkorn

"Central City has made more history, as home to the first business granted a recreational marijuana retail sales license not just in Colorado, but the world."

Hate to break it to you, but India used to license pot shops back in the old days. So did Nepal until the US bullied them into submission in the early days of the DEA.

Paulette Dannels
Paulette Dannels

Yes, Traci it does it also helps schools, other states should be so smart.

H Ebel Bello
H Ebel Bello

Dana Rae Bello Trevor Bello Mike Meng family outing next week??? lol

Traci Cheadle
Traci Cheadle

I'm curious if the state of Colorado has any debt? Has the legalization helped to balance the states budget?

Nate Gravy
Nate Gravy

Wrong mountain, Gene. The uppers are over in Idaho springs.

Gene Duran
Gene Duran

Nah, it's speed that's more in demand there.

marshaljt0816
marshaljt0816

What is everyone so worried about corporate greed and blah blah blah.  Its called capitalism.  Yeah there will be a lot of people with big dreams of owning multiple dispensaries.  Let them build up there wealth and watch them be the first to get bent over by the feds.  It will happen don't you worry.  Not to mention the provisions for growing your own and gifting marijuana will ensure that you can always find good organic marijuana.

99SEEDS
99SEEDS

HISTORY ONCE AGAIN....COLORADO BABY!!!


yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@laurabanks98765 @laurabanks98765 I am an entrepreneur and six-figure earner who uses cannabis daily for spinal pain, I had a discectomy L5/S1 (thankfully not a fusion) due to a herniated disc that would swell and block the nerve roots to my legs. When these episodes of nerve blockage were at full strength, I was unable to walk and had severe muscle spasms throughout my abdomen and spine. These spasms were coupled with shooting nerve pain and were essentially excruciating. For this condition, my neurosurgeon would prescribe Percocet, a very powerful opiate that would calm the spasms and relax my disc swelling so I could walk. But I would be too drugged to get out of bed!

This would happen, frequently, from being over-stressed, ironically. I have had to miss many important life events due to being temporarily "crippled". It is not an entertaining or fun experience to endure. I am a business owner and entrepreneur and am extremely busy. Although I'm only 37, my current net worth is $680K and rising and I am hoping to expand dutifully in the next five years to a few million. After that, who knows? 

I'm also a family man, who is adored by his friends and colleagues, I attend Broncos/Avs/Nuggets games faithfully with my friends. I also like to mountain bike with my family and ski with friends in the winter. I live a fulfilling life, and thanks to medical cannabis, I can participate in life more fully than I have been able to in a decade.

I'm really about as average a Colorado native as you could find. Yet, I use cannabis for powerful pain and nerve/muscle spasm relief. In fact, I'm probably more "normal" than you, even weighted on the same scale of lifestyle, demographic, etc. 

This "delusional psychopath" nonsense doesn't accurately depict the real cannabis user in modern US society. Look more at me to see the real positive effects in citizens' lives. 

Southsider
Southsider

@laurabanks98765 Yawn.  Nothing better to do eh?  Sit back, collect your SSDI, and troll the internet?  What a shitty existence.

freeride474i
freeride474i

@scerinjen3 heres where you're wrong. 

1) People already widely distribute it to minors in almost every city around the U.S. 

2) legalization is neither promotion nor endorsement, it's control and revenue.

3) Who's to say who does and doesn't have business messing with something like weed? Certainly not you, not that there aren't people who it isn't necessarily a good habit for but thats not for someone else to decide.

4) No I don't think "too many" users overlook the negative effects, only those people who have "no business messing with it"

5) and THC content is irrelevant it just tends to make the highs better, quantity is key and anyone can get stupid high with lower THC content if they want to by simply smoking more. Likewise someone with higher content THC bud can smoke less.

6) Not much of a gamble it hits most people in the stomach, tends to promote pleasant euphoria, relaxation and couch lock in some cases accompanied with paranoia.

eddyp
eddyp

@scerinjen3  People gonna do what they do...Anything done in moderation and with some self control can be both beneficial and "recreational"...unfortunately, it's human nature to over-indulge, wanna FEEL GOOD all the time..being alive on this planet for most people isn't fun..It's hard, and lonely, and the ups and downs most days are downs...be grateful if you have a happy existence, being less judgmental is a freedom in itself, try that out. Accept what you will never have a say in changing..being wrong is for people who care about being right..

Kasken
Kasken

@scerinjen3 

No need to buy it legally. If you want to sell to minors, that's already easy with it being illegal. 


Actually the alcohol argument is a good one because we have to look at legislation and what the point of legislation is. You have to make laws based on argument and reason. You can't justify having one substance be legal while another substance being less harmful illegal. The alcohol argument is there to present the hypocrisy and the fact that we don't make all substances illegal based on the harm inflicted on the user and innocents around the intoxicated individual, which should be the only grounds for making a substance illegal.

You say alcohol is bad enough. Well congratulations, you now have a safer alternative to alcohol. I look at it this way. Some of us have come to the realization that consuming certain substances enriches our lives. It boosts creativity, it makes you see things differently, it changes the way you think, and how you perceive reality. Whoever says "I drink alcohol for the taste, not for the buzz" is a liar. No alcohol consumer, without lying to themselves would claim to not enjoy the effects of alcohol. Now I happen to think that since we're 4,5 billion years in the making, having survived as a species against ridiculous odds. We get 65 years of life ( MINUS 1/3 where you're sleeping and even more doing pointless things such as travel to work and other things that don't enrich your life in the slightest). So if I feel that inhaling the smoke that comes from the combustion of this substance enriches my life in such a positive manner without me being a danger to anyone, or to myself while consuming this substance, who the hell is anyone to the deny me that experience? Especially by putting in place a hypocritical law supported by lies and propaganda (this fact I'm not going to bother with demonstrating further, it's common knowledge by now).

So I'd say you are wrong where you suggest that anyone should have the right to dictate how I am to live my life in regards to this and what I'm allowed or disallowed to consume, when done so in such a manner that I'm a fully functional individual working 40+ (close to 50) hours per week, doing everything by the book, and doing it privately in the comfort of my home. If your argument is that nobody should be allowed to have this in their lives because of the risk of misuse then we should also make illegal knives, rope, tape, cars, caffeine, tobacco,  anything sharp or pointy, well you get my point by now I hope.

Legalization is legalization. Nowhere does the definition of that word suggest endorsement or promotion. This is subjective and only reflects you current views and/or prejudice towards the substance. What the legalization is, is a result of democracy working and reflects how the substance prior to it becoming legal has been endorsed and promoted in the dark and how its popularity does not rely on it being legal or not.

.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@cchi.2014 

A64 = a CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION against 10s of THOUSANDS of Adults in Colorado.


.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@klofkorn ... Reality, Accuracy and Fact never stopped Westweed from publishing utter nonsense if it fits their predetermined story hype, especially when writing for the clueless stoner audience.




.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@Paulette Dannels = utter nonsense

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.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@Traci Cheadle = clueless as to the FINANCIAL FAILURE that pot has been to State tax coffers.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@marshaljt0816 Thanks for the post, marshaljt0816. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@99SEEDS Thanks for posting, 99SEEDS, and for sharing your enthusiasm.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka @laurabanks98765 A family man entrepreneur? What happened to the lowlife street thug wanna be that was goinng to piss on me? I think delusional psychopath is extremely accurate in describing you. Here is what this tough guy said to me "Anonymity is your friend here, dude, b/c your words would equal missing teeth if these words were spoken in person. Greg and I would put you upside down in a trash can and piss on you if you had the balls to actually claim these words. Coward."

So which guy are you? You delusional psychopath. Internet tough guy.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka @laurabanks98765 Bragging about how much money you earn and your net worth? What an asshole. Normal guy that threatens to beat up and urinate on people who say things he doesn't like.

laurabanks98765
laurabanks98765

@yodownmuthalicka @laurabanks98765

I'm probably more "normal" than you!" you say? Depends on what you mean by "normal."  What's your line of business? If you make 6 figures by growing cannabis, I would not call it "normal."  Whatever, enjoy your medical Momma Juana and let other people do their job educating the public. That is my definition of being "normal," and if you have a problem with that, that is NOT normal, buddy.

laurabanks98765
laurabanks98765

@yodownmuthalicka @laurabanks98765 Good for you, I am not against medical marijuana, but I strongly oppose to its recreational use among teenagers and pregnant women. Recreational users rarely bother to read scientific articles about the adverse effects of this gateway drug, nor are they willing to admit the fact that their lack of knowledge of such adverse effects is bordering criminal. That being said, I consider it my duty to educate the public on this subject.

There is a growing bulk of evidence and consensus among the leading neurologists, oncologists and psychiatrists that cannabis exacerbates existing psychoses and  adversely affects chemotherapy outcomes in patients with leukemia. Botanical cannabis will never be the substance of choice in treating any conditions other than those that are accompanied by neuropathic pain syndrome, like in your case.

Another important concern is that there is a trend to grow cannabis with higher concentration of THC, making this drug more harmful every year.

Soon, more potent, more specific, less harmful agents will be produced, while the weed will remain forever what it is: weed.


laurabanks98765
laurabanks98765

@Southsider @laurabanks98765 Aren't you doing the same, genius? Got anything better to do than replying to my "stupid" posts?  Or, may be you are talking to your white unicorns right now? Can you tell the difference? While I do my trolling as a hobby, you sound like a professional.

Flem
Flem

@Kasken I agree completely. I have been smoking pot for 42 years.

I have maintained a high tech job for most of my life and excel at it.

Drinking alcohol and going to work the next day is a lot worse than

toking. A person can OD on alcohol but not marijuana. There are things

that need working out but it needs to be legalized.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@.McShyster. @lsdjf Yes, and how many BILLIONS in US Dollars have they stolen?

Someone's bent because he didn't buy bitcoins when they were a few bucks each.

CJW81
CJW81

@.McShyster. clueless stoner audience? Man, people just love to label these days don't they? How many hours did you work this week? Obviously not enough if you're on "westweed" complaining about stoners and replying to every post trying to troll people. Get a job, you lazy troll.

tadpole16x
tadpole16x

@.McShyster. clueless stoner audience? I'd be obliged to inform you that much of the cannabis smoking audience is full of intelligent people, and we have a much better clue of what's going on than the rest of the sober or alcoholic audiences. The dumb stoner stereo-type no longer flies! 

Mansanity
Mansanity

@.McShyster.  How can you already say that? They haven't even started selling it yet... and medical marijuana does not count.

username.neil
username.neil

@michael.roberts @marshaljt0816  How is that the comment of the day? I can't find anyone on here even discussing corporate greed but if he wants to breach that topic then the cause of the bank collapse was essentially UNREGULATED CAPITALISM. Alan Greenspan said it himself, we thought they could regulate themselves but clearly that did not work out so well. Open you eyes and experience reality. lol. The entire comment is absurd.  Some people pay thousands just for a rare seed and in this quality people will not be able to compete, also a big company can sell it cheaper.  Have you done ANY research?? i'm done wasting my time

laurabanks98765
laurabanks98765

@Flem @Kasken What? No depression? No insomnia? What about all those teenagers with suicidal thoughts, temper control problems, poor academic records, social withdrawal, attention deficit disorders? Are you telling us that because your parents had good genes the weed should be legalized? It is a gateway drug! It drives people to smoking tobacco, it damages their brains in a very insidious way. Stop pushing your stinky weed.

username.neil
username.neil

@tadpole16x @.McShyster. Thank you for speaking up. It's completely absurd and a total inaccurate stereotype. Bill Maher and Sanjay Gupta support cannabis legalization but I guess McShyster is more intelligent than those guys. lol

.McShyster.
.McShyster.

@Mansanity " medical marijuana does not count."

LOL!

So if you don't count the Failures ... there are no failures, eh G W Bush ??

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