Marijuana: Will recreational shops run out of weed shortly after January 1?

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Legal cannabis sales start January 1, and a handful of dispensaries will be opening their doors at 8 a.m. to help kick off a green new year. But will there be enough to keep up with demand?

Denver City Council mulled that question on Monday night, with Councilman Charlie Brown pondering if people will camp out for hours at what will only be a handful of stores, just to be there when the doors open.

Dispensaries are allowed to transfer 15 percent of their inventory over to the recreational side, and that means 15 percent of everything: mother plants, flowering plants, bud inventory, hash, edibles and anything else with THC involved. But several dispensary owners say that just won't be enough.

An employee of one dispensary that has applied for a dual-use license said the business already sells 100 percent of everything it grows each month on the medical side. Based on that -- and until the store can get its recreational grow up to production -- the employee (who asked not to be named) figures the center will be able to keep the recreational side open for a week, at best, even if the demand is a quarter of what it is for medical cannabis.

Managers at The Health Center told us they were facing similar issues, adding that they will probably raise prices on recreational cannabis, hoping to spread it out among more buyers and get their name out that way.

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But the shortage of recreational cannabis for sale might also be hampered by the lack of open shops. There are more than 100 applications in Denver. While just who is applying is protected information, dispensaries around town with scheduled hearings are required to post a large white sign in front of their shop -- and plenty have begun popping up in recent weeks.

Still, according to Denver licensing officials, no more than a dozen shops will be ready by January 1. Part of the lag is due to a delay in starting the hearing process for the medical marijuana dispensaries wanting to convert to recreational shops or dual-use shops. Each shop has to go through a public hearing, much like a liquor store or a restaurant that serves booze, and currently there are only two hearings per day. After the hearings, the shops have to be inspected five time by various state and local building and fire officials.

Toni Fox, owner of Denver's 3D Dispensary, says her application has been ready to go with "t's crossed and i's dotted," but was still waiting on inspections as part of the licensing procedures. Fox told the Huffington Post this week that there's a growing sense among applicants that city officials, including Mayor Michael Hancock, are purposefully dragging their feet on a program they don't want to implement.

"He's never been a supporter of the industry from day one," Fox told HuffPo. "I feel like we're fighting against a city government that doesn't want us even though the constituents have voted us in. It's very frustrating."

*An earlier version of this story was incorrect. 3D MMC representatives say they expect to open Jan. 1.

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hansonrona
hansonrona

I'm a Realtor(r) specializing in finding buyers homes in metro Denver that have rooms for growing a legal crop. I am getting a lot of requests from people wanting to rent homes.  Does anybody know any landlords who are OK with renting to small growers (or regular sized growers with small crops?)  hansonronagmail.com

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

As quoted in the Denver Post:
Toni Fox Motto: "I will do whatever they tell me to do."

Even if it means compromising the Colorado Constitution and patients rights....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 An employee of one dispensary that has applied for a dual-use license said the business already sells 100 percent of everything it grows each month on the medical side. 


So they haven't been smart enough, or capable enough, to grow more. Sounds like a business model failure.



Based on that -- and until the store can get its recreational grow up to production -- the employee (who asked not to be named) figures the center will be able to keep the recreational side open for a week, at best, 


Because they're too stupid to purchase wholesale from any number of dispensary grows that consistently overproduce?



even if the demand is a quarter of what it is for medical cannabis.


Nonsense. The VAST MAJORITY of their "medical" patients are RECREATIONAL stoners gaming the medical system. Those existing recreational red-card carrying stoners are not going to suddenly ask for the same weed in a recreational sealed opaque child-proof package just so they can pay up to 25% MORE in Taxes.


The RECREATIONAL MARKET in Colorado is already supplied from existing sources -- the vast majority of "medical" marijuana fakers, diversion from the MMJ market, production by independent private caregivers-growers, the huge self-grown supply, and the much larger tax-free "black market" i.e. the same Friends, Family and Associates that every recreational stoner has always obtained their weed from.


hth.


mlcharris19
mlcharris19

Just say Yes! Grow your own! Then share with your family and friends. Let the tourist pay the taxes.

Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark

looks like a shortage coming per say

whosdp
whosdp

Considering the ease with which ''patients'' have been able to obtain red cards, I question the demand for RMJ after the initial rush to buy ebbs.  Stores that jack up prices will hardly be getting ''their names out'' in a positive way.  


If demand IS as high as this article presumes, supply will catch up, soon enough.  Prices are market-driven and what goes on in January, 2014, won't accurately reflect costs, a year from now.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Will Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pimps LIE about running out -- like the MMIG Pig Mike Elliot has already begun -- in an avaricious and craven attempt to manipulate public perception and thereby inflate their prices and profits ??


Are stoners stupid?




Will an ignorant media and clueless journalists play along with the charade?


Is the Pope a Pedophile Pimp?



Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Not ours!!!! Doctors Orders - Medical Marijuana Dispensary is making sure they are on top of it :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Any Dispensary that doesn't have the MITS rfid tracking system fully implemented and operating BEFORE they sell a single gram of recreation pot will be in VIOLATION of MMED REGULATIONS.


             *** Get REGULATED, Bitches!! --- REGULATION WORKS!! ***

stuka1
stuka1

" Fox told the Huffington Post this week that there's a growing sense among applicants that city officials, including Mayor Michael Hancock, are purposefully dragging their feet on a program they don't want to implement.

"He's never been a supporter of the industry from day one," Fox told HuffPo. "I feel like we're fighting against a city government that doesn't want us even though the constituents have voted us in. It's very frustrating."

"

Please tell me that you are not so naive to see this coming. Hancock and the Denver city council lame ducks dragging their heels on this? 

Fucking say it isn't so! 

/sarc

stuka1
stuka1

"with Councilman Charlie Brown pondering if people will camp out for hours at what will only be a handful of stores, just to be there when the doors open"

 People already do that with shit as stupid as Black Friday sales.  For better or for worse, this is a historical event that can be as fun as we all make it.  Charlie Brown can stand at he back of the line and whine and cry and kiss every one of our asses. That's about all his sorry-ass prohibitionist neanderthal carcass is good for

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whosdp ... the hype is complete bullshit, driven by an ignorant media.


If falsely presumes that there are 10s of thousands of wanna-be stoners who are and have been patiently waiting with empty bongs for "legal" overtaxed retail weed so they can get high for the first time in their lives.


The reality is that EVERY RECREATIONAL stoner in Colorado -- in the U$A -- ALREADY HAS a source for the weed they smoke i.e. the same Friends, Family and Associates they've always obtained their dope from ... an untaxed, private supplier who doesn't check and record their ID, who doesn't video-record their criminal acts and report back to law enforcement thugs.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== get REGULATED, Bitch! ... YOU Voted for it!


Sucka!


JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I wonder how much high quality TAX FREE weed I can sell to the people in that line? Then again those people are ignorant enough to pay through their asses to be "part of the event".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  ... it won't even be a pimple on the anus of history.


whosdp
whosdp

...not to mention, the growth in grow-your-own operations.  You mentioned taxes and, yes, onerous taxes will also have an affect on sales.  The tax structure approved by voters in CO will foster an even stronger black market, as the State finds enforcement more and more difficult.


Legalization wasn't affected for altruistic reasons.  It was endorsed as being a huge new source of tax revenue.  I'll believe it when I see it.


Gotta run...still need a few items to complete my grow setup!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... those losers are the dregs of society, puerile punks so ostracized and obnoxious that no self-respecting caregiver, grower, dealer, friend or family member would sell them weed, so -- like the People of Walmart -- their only source will be the overtaxed, overpriced, over-regulated Government controlled warehouse schwag from the greedy profiteering Big $$ Dispensary cartels.


It'll be a good opportunity for the Dispensaries to dump all their accumulated substandard mildew and mold infected, ammonia reeking wet bud to an unsuspecting bunch of clueless newbie stoners ... before the MMED gets their head out of their ass and begins enforcing the quality control testing standards.


Oosernam
Oosernam

@.matt.. <== ignorant puerile fucktard can't even create his own username

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timebandit

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