More than fifty recreational pot shops now open in Colorado, says industry rep

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More photos below.
Today marks one week since the launch of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, and despite the concerns voiced by pot-legalization critics, the state appears to be surviving just fine.

Meanwhile, the expansion of the recreational cannabis biz continues apace. According to one industry representative, more than fifty are now open statewide, with more expected to start operating in the coming days.

"Everybody's just done a really good job of doing their job," says Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. "When it comes to consumers, regulators, officials, businesses, it's hard to imagine this roll out going better."

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Betty Aldworth.
Indeed, Aldworth estimates that shops statewide registered sales of at least $1 million on January 1, when 37 of them began serving customers, with more than $5 million being collected by day five. She adds that "well over fifty" recreational stores were thought to have been operational as of yesterday, "and more will open this week. We've had stores opening every weekday, and that's continuing."

Aldworth acknowledges "issues with shortages and some concern about pricing," but she believes "that's going to work itself out in the next weeks and months. I'm not concerned about those things long-term."

Why not?

"Having more stores opening and more places where folks can go will only help," she believes. "And we're also getting past that first handful of days, where the novelty was really important to people. We did some casual surveys of people in line, and about half of them had cannabis at home, so they didn't have to run to the store. But they wanted to participate in making history.

"I think there were a fair number of people who went out in the last week just because they were so excited about celebrating the end of marijuana prohibition in this one, specific way."

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A cash register at a marijuana shop, from a 7News report.
As for pricing, Aldworth says she's visited assorted shop websites in recent days, "and it does look like prices have gone up to some degree -- but that's to be expected. The demand has been incredibly strong, and that's part of balancing the supply and demand -- making sure that the supplies can be stretched to meet the remarkably strong demand in the market right now. But we expect the prices to come down to some degree -- not to where medical prices are, probably, but the market tends to work itself out when it comes to this sort of thing."

Continue for more of our interview with Betty Aldworth about the first week of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.


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tony514
tony514

you know i say if you live here grow your own !what does it cost to grow 5 pounds of tomatoes ? well weed is very simular to growing tomates.so dont whine about out of staters tax spend the 50 bucks on a light and keep it simple and cheap!

surfsupdude
surfsupdude

I don't know....I Dunno know....got U got U Now...Pow...that's what that New York foxz says:

Go Roll a Fatie and get Burnt...!

Love Colorado and Washington state for gettin' the Weeed rollin for the rest of US..

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

I prefer to read about murder and rape, you?

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

the haters have lost and they are PISSED! :)  We are serving up weed like the 7-11 serves up nachos in the great State Of Colorado. haters = losing.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Greedy dispensary cartel mouthpiece says what?

Kevin Crowe
Kevin Crowe

Frank go drink your gut rot alcohol you piece of scum.

Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins

A list with pricing would be a huge help. Just saying!!!!!

Frank Sanchez
Frank Sanchez

Pretty sad when all there is to talk about is pot. Fucking Pot Heads go to hell!!!!

nemopunk15
nemopunk15

I love it. 50 open for business and more opening each day. 


It looks like we finally found a Jobs program that works! 


Colorado leads the way!

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Any chance we could get a list of all the shops that are now open for recreational marijuana sales #DenverWestword?

UFAIL
UFAIL

Donkey Hotay can't even get basic grammar, syntax and spelling right!

ROTFLMAO!!!!

What's wrong stoner, too stupid?!

ROTFLMAO!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

" Aldworth says she's visited assorted shop websites [lol!] in recent days, "and it does look like prices have gone up to some degree [ lol! DOUBLE and TRIPLE! ] -- but that's to be expected. The demand has been incredibly strong, and that's part of balancing the supply and demand -- making sure that the supplies can be stretched to meet the remarkably strong demand in the market right now. But we expect the prices to come down to some degree -- not to where medical prices are, probably, but the market tends to work itself out when it comes to this sort of thing."



Proves herself once again to be a know-nothing imbecile who has no comprehension or expertise regarding what she's being paid to yammer about.


If Recreational prices stay higher than Medical prices, they're will ALWAYS BE a ROBUST "Black Market" ... by hey Betty, that's exactly what you fools expected, eh?



ROTFLMAO !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "a regulated market is stronger than an unregulated market." -- Betty Aldworth


There's a keeper for the archive of shame.


Ethereal Sift
Ethereal Sift

Which place has the best prices? I won't pay $550/Oz. ~ $75/8th

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Betty Aldworth = proven LIAR from the A64 scampaign


"Aldworth estimates that shops statewide registered sales of at least $1 million on January 1."


From the Lying Pot Propagandist Lexicon:


"estimates" = completely fabricated, even if improbable or impossible






DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@VerryFunney ... does 7-11 charge $70.00 for an eighth ounce of nachos? ... that have been regulated from seed to tortilla? ... and make it illegal to sell even a single chip to any adult under 21 years old?


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



stuka1
stuka1

No one made you come to this blog page, moron.  And your "hell" doesn't exist. Nor does your fairy-tale "god".

UncleArthur
UncleArthur

Been there and don't like the way you run the place.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nemopunk15  "It looks like we finally found a Jobs program that works! "


You're going to need a second job, punk, in order to be able to afford the up to $70 / eighth that the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs are gouging for their government approved warehouse schwag.



Monkey
Monkey

@nemopunk15   Are you trying to taunt little DonkeyHotay?

I'm sure you already know there are no new businesses, that isn't allowed. The only new jobs I have seen were from a armed security company, since our leaders said it was "OK" to have guns at weed stores again.

Everyone else needs to be badged by the weed authority, you can't just hire anyone you want, like liquor store owners. If this is a "Jobs program that works", it's an invasion of privacy program that works too. 

Would you "love it" if every business doubled their price? If we allowed recreational sales of Oxycontin, filling the existing pharmacies with new customers paying twice as much, would you be just as happy?

UFAIL
UFAIL

"If Recreational prices stay higher than Medical prices, they're will ALWAYS BE a ROBUST "Black Market" ... by hey Betty, that's exactly what you fools expected, eh?"

By hey Betty?

You FUCKING FAIL

ROTFLMAO!!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                 *** REGULATION WORKS! ***

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

 ^^^ Prohibitionist ONDCP shill, still mad after over a year.  :D

tony514
tony514

@Monkey if you still consider weed to be medicine you need to lay off the weed.first time i got stoned was with my friends when i was young we wanted to get stoned. my mom didnt hand me a joint cause i fell off my bike and broke my leg .

nemopunk15
nemopunk15

@Monkey

I will take those 1 at a time. 

1. No, this was a general comment, had i wished to direct a taunt to the donk, i could and would have. 

2. Your lack of vision does not change the fact that the Recreational Marijuana industry is already creating Jobs. Sure you need an MED badge first, that does not mean it's not also a job. 

3. All sots of jobs require a background check or licensing before you can preform them. This is nothing special or scary. 

4. Why would i love hillbilly heroin shops? That's just silly. 

5. The price increase has far more to do with a limited supply and a massive increase in demand then anything else. 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UncleArthur ... Parts of A64 appear to be written by and for DARE.



Why is rec. marijuana so harmful and dangerous that NO ADULT under 21 is allowed ANY LEGAL ACCESS to it -- not a single gram, not a single plant -- under full penalty of criminal law as explicitly stated by A64 ??



tony514
tony514

@GuestWho go smoke some more crack you sound sick go medicate mild halucinations  and heavy thoughts dry mouth and paranoia don't relive medical issues.sounds like you need an excuse to get high.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@tony514    Many medicines are abused by morons, including marijuana.  Drug abusers like yourself are the biggest hindrance to medical marijuana. Go fuck yourself with a spoon you drug abusing stoner.   

Monkey
Monkey

@nemopunk15   Colorado corporate weed is awesome! Price-fixing is cool! Badge all store clerks! War on drugs good, as long as weed is sold in stores!


I get the picture. Baby steps, to a more civilized Colorado. Where white collar criminals can run the show for a while. Looks much cleaner that way.


Good luck! Me, and the people I care about, are still scratching our heads, wondering what's so cool about all this. We've always had better weed, never paid excise/sales tax, and wouldn't consider getting badged for a $10 an hour job. Lucky for us, this corporate weed thing does make for some good jokes, and laughter is the best medicine.  

UFAIL
UFAIL

Up to two ounces is decriminalized for adults 18+

Or did you conveniently forget that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@timebandit



@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


FAIL!

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