Marijuana: State Marijuana Enforcement Division issues 348 retail pot licenses

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As January 1 draws closer, the biggest question in Colorado has been: What will be the first shops legally allowed to sell recreational cannabis to adults 21 and over? Now we know...sort of.

Yesterday, the State of Colorado became the first state to license recreational marijuana dispensaries when the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division mailed out 348 retail marijuana licenses to growers, retail stores, infused-product manufacturers and even three testing facilities. That total includes 136 pot shops licensed to sell cannabis starting January -- 1 so long as they have local approval. (Read the entire list below.)

According to state law, all applicants for recreational marijuana sales licenses in this first phase had to be medical marijuana businesses in good standing with the state. The MED list doesn't note applicants chose to go all-out for recreational sales and which ones have applied to be dual-use medical and recreational shops. From what we've seen, though, the majority seem to be opting for cohabitation in one location, which requires a lot of structural work in order to conform with the rules.

That's why in Denver, where many of the current dispensaries are located, there may just be a dozen recreational marijuana shops open on New Year's Day -- despite the state mailing 102 licenses to retail stores in Denver on Monday. A number of those facilities are MMJ dispensaries we've reviewed, including 3-D Dispensary, A Cut Off the Top, Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hilll, Altitude Wellness, CAM, Caregivers for Life, Ivita Wellness and dozens of others.The state also mailed licenses to 143 cultivation facilities, 22 MIPs and three testing facilities in Denver.

A few mountain towns also had shops gain approval, including Steamboat, Breckenridge, Telluride, Frisco, Silverthorne, Nederland, Alma, Idaho Springs and Aspen.

According to the MED release, the centers all went through a "rigorous Retail Marijuana licensing process," including background checks and fingerprinting. That point is highlighted, as if to underscore its importance given the federal raids on local dispensaries in Denver and Boulder that were supposedly operating legally under local rules.

"It has taken an enormous team effort to be able to issue state licenses in the timelines identified in Amendment 64," said Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, in a release. "The Division takes its responsibility very seriously and will continue to ensure a robust and effective regulatory and enforcement program."

The speedy turnaround is definitely notable: All of these applications have been approved in less than two months -- a very quick pace compared to the state's medical marijuana licensing, which has yet to catch up on years of backlogs.

Page down to read the list of licensed marijuana businesses (so far) from the MED. And remember: They all must have their local permits approved, too, before they can operate.


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72 comments
Cindy Podhorsky
Cindy Podhorsky

Think legalization is a good move. Prohibition has always created a greater demand and illegal profiteers. The state can use the revenue as it does for all other collected taxes on products we buy. For me personally, I have a difficult time getting motivated and productive without it. However, if it alleviates pain, I'd just as soon use it, as opposed to those meds prescribed by Docs.

Autumn Miller
Autumn Miller

^^ LOL ^^ I don't understand why people think it smells bad.........

Rian Milehigh
Rian Milehigh

Cant wait to blow weed smoke in all your faces

Shari Walsh
Shari Walsh

Thank you, Percy. I intended this to be personal.

Kevon Lei
Kevon Lei

Still trying to hype the issue? Who gives a shit?! Been smokin weed like it was legal for 20yrs! Get over it & find something else to write about already...fuckin dumb asses!

Che Harness
Che Harness

How about some investigative reporting and give us a list of the 348 facilities. I can't find one anywhere.

Sandra DeRosia
Sandra DeRosia

Nope, I was told that Lakewood voted against it for now.

Tim Meyer
Tim Meyer

Did you note the article's author? One Mr. Billy Breathes.

Shari Walsh
Shari Walsh

NEVER in my neighborhood. Progress is a dirty word. I am in that part of the state that wanted to withdraw from Colorado with that being one of the issues.

Barry Hamza
Barry Hamza

Thanks hun but I already have the list and shared it with my subscribers ;-)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Wasteword still spewing FALSE and misleading hype. Typical.


State Marijuana Enforcement Division issues 348 retail pot licenses"


LIE! -- the state only issued 136 RETAIL licenses


"Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division mailed out 348 retail marijuana licenses to growers, retail stores, infused-product manufacturers and even three testing facilities."


LIE! -- disproved by your own self-contradiction. Growers don't get RETAIL licenses, MIPs don't get RETAIL licenses, Testing Labs don't get RETAIL licenses. 


How stoned must you be to not comprehend the difference between the words RETAIL and RECREATIONAL ?? 

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Excellent! Finally, prohibition is coming to an end and the Reefer Madness mentality is going away!

Cody Nutter
Cody Nutter

Take that bag of dicks out of your buns, Tony. WTH does it matter to you? I'm a grown ass man and professional. Smoked for 16 years and don't smoke cigs. Weed isn't the problem. The problems exist in the person. If you're lazy, you are lazy. If you're an asshole, you are an asshole. Blaming weed for anything is irresponsible. Similar to blaming gasoline for being a shitty driver. There's no logic. Prohibiting nature is the disturbing part and always has been. Ho Ho Ho! Can't wait to be back in CO!

Tony Rossi
Tony Rossi

great. for the next few weeks all im going to see is pot shit everywhere. fucking stoners. grow up already

stuka1
stuka1

Oh, look, another fact-free, ONDCP/ProjectSCAM-endorsed Reefer Madness rant from Kevin Sabet's favorite rentboy, DonkeyHotay. It's just so......unexpected.


/rolleyes

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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** Pot-friendly Cannabition party Forced to find a new home **


Colorado's largest New Year's Day party celebrating the modern world's first legal recreational pot sales hit a snag this week, but recovered quickly.

The big Cannabition event originally scheduled at Broadway venue City Hall on Jan. 1 will no longer happen at the Regas Christou-owned space, the club owner said Monday.

"It's definitely not happening at City Hall," said Christou, who also owns nightclubs the Church, Vinyl and others along the Broadway/Lincoln Street corridor.

But Cannabition organizers J.J. Walker and Matt Brown said Tuesday they are moving the 21-plus event to downtown club Norad Dance Bar, where pot won't be available for sale but it will be openly consumed as advertised — a somewhat untested and contested experiment.


"This is a private event, and smoking marijuana within private is completely legal, so we'll actually be able to consume on site within the boundaries of state and city laws," said Walker. "We'll have vaporizing inside, and I believe dabbing is also legal, but I don't think joint smoking will be inside — but that'll be out on the patio."


How the private party works: Interested people can request invites online and then they'll purchase $5 tickets via a promotional code emailed to them by one of the party's sponsors. Day-of invitation requests will be available. Tickets for Cannabition's private portion will not be sold at the door, but Walker said consumers will be able to request the invite and purchase tickets on their smartphones.


"Having that extra step of going through one of our sponsors to get the invite is our process of keeping this event private," said Walker.




This idiot must get his legal advice from rapey Rob Corry.



HipTip: if the event / venue is OPEN TO the Public, it's a Public event. 



The Cannabition team and Christou's lawyers had been in contact with the office of City Council member Charlie Brown and others, they said, but those conversations weren't enough to make Christou and his team feel safe about hosting the event.


"We wanted to see how this could affect our liquor license," said Doug Bohm, marketing and promotions director at Christou's SoCo Nightlife. "But the powers that be are being intentionally vague about the legality of the event."


"We've been going back and forth with various people in city government for about three weeks now," said Matt Brown, who runs Cannabition as well as marijuana tourism company. "We could have planned the event, not told anybody and gone with it, and it would have been fine. But then we realized the city has very few definitions, and nobody knows what you can or can't do under the current law."



The fools at NORAD are risking their Liquor License for a bunch of low-rent broke-ass bong-sucking stoners who'll NEVER return to their club. 


This Matt sounds like he might be the same fool who posted here on Westweed a few weeks back before he thoroughly humiliated himself online then ran away in shame.




patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

the link to that list is on this post. but note: these 348 licenses were the state licenses for all recreational retail businesses, not just stores, and the state license is no guarantee they'll open; they also must have all local licenses.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@David Eastridge 
Raquel Welch

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... A64 = a Continuation of Criminal Prohibition against Marijuana



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Cody Nutter "I'm a grown ass man and professional."


Well, ass man, what profession are you in exactly? ... the world's oldest?


stuka1
stuka1

So what's the change, whiner? You know where the border is.  You don't like it?  Vote with your feet!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."
@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"
@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."
@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@patricia.calhoun ... it'd help if Westweed learned the difference between, and the meaning of, the words RETAIL and RECREATIONAL ... in spite of their misuse by others.



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = the continuation of hysterical ONDCP Reefer Madness propaganda-mongering

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

"@Cody Nutter "I'm a grown ass man and professional."


Well, ass man, what profession are you in exactly? ... the world's oldest?"

Because DonkeyHotay wants to lick yours. After he gets done with his daily rounds of licking the ass of every hobo on Colfax, that is.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@George @DonkeyHotay 


Can you believe those retards think that an event open to the public magically becomes "private" simply because the tickets are only sold online?


Sounds like the same kind of "self-help legal" delusions that led puerile pot punks to run wild on Craigslist earlier this year distributing and vending pot for "donations" ignorantly thinking they weren't violating the extant FELONY laws that prohibit ALL private sales.


That kind of LEGAL IDIOCY has rapey Rob Corry written all over it.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <=== prohibitionist scum



@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"


@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@George


@George


Way to go Wasteword !!


Your reckless LIES, deliberate DECEPTION and misleading HYPE around all things marijuana has now directly led to the MURDER-SUICIDE of one of your target audience -- clueless puerile pot punks too ignorant to know the crap you habitually spew is dangerously FALSE.


Way to go Mikey Roberts!!

Congratulations Bongsucker Billy!!

Kudos rapey Rob Corry!!

Thanks lyin' Brian Vicente!!

Hooray mendacious Mason Tvert!! 


The BLOOD of A64 is now on your hands !!


George
George

@DonkeyHotay Lies like this, spewed by the "industry", backed up by unscrupulous attorneys, and perpetuated by Wasteword, are the direct cause of deaths in Colorado. 

See case in point: a person who believed the hype that selling pot for donations was "legal", because Lyin' Brian Vicente and the press around the country insisted Colorado "Legalized It". Even his local police were complicit, saying what he was doing was "probably" legal. Yet he was raided and arrested anyway. Having been to prison before, he knew he didn't want to go back. He committed suicide, and took his wife with him.


http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2013/08/20/colorado-springs-marijuana-delivery-man-kills-self-wife


And, yes, maybe he "should have known" he would get arrested for his activities, but like Chris Barkowicz advertising in an interview on 9 news, but what he was doing was no different than what hundreds of dispensaries were doing at the time, who were blatantly advertising in Westword. 

Still, the "Leaders" of the A64 "movement" and the press need to tell the truth, because good people are suffering harm because of their lies.


Marijuana doesn't kill people, but people that lie about marijuana certainly do!!!

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