Marijuana: Buying recreational pot in Denver

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Westword has a team of writers and photographers around Colorado today covering the start of legalized cannabis sales to adults 21 and up. Though the rest of the Westword blogs are sleeping today, we'll be updating The Latest Word through the day with dispatches from the field.

Read on for William Breathes' account of The Clinic on Colorado's last-minute opening.

As of 4:45 New Years Eve, The Clinic wasn't going to open for recreational sales today. But some last-minute scrambling, pleading and begging got them through the process enough to legally open their doors this morning at 8 a.m.

See also: Recreational marijuana sales begin in Denver

The crowd was minimal at that point, with a lone would-be customer who drove all night from Montana outnumbered by a few reporters sensible enough to avoid the media circus at other dispensaries (we got reports that cameramen were openly cursing each other well before 8 a.m. at Denver's 3-D).

Over some softly-playing Bob Marley, general manager Ryan Cook said that he was in line at the state Department of Revenue at 8 a.m. yesterday morning asking for his inspection card. After that, he said it was a mad dash to get the various city inspections made before 5 p.m. when he had to have everything over to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division for final approval - after 5 p.m. he said.

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Velvet Sea from The Clinic.
"They waited for me," he said, almost apologetically. "They were being helpful, but I know they were irritated in the same sense. But what do you want me to do?"

(Full disclosure: I met Cook in person several years ago after reviewing their medical marijuana center on Colfax, so this wasn't exactly my usual secret shopper routine)

The shop has what is called "virtual separation", meaning medical patients and recreational patients can shop in the same room. Check-in is the same as it has always been, with a small window in the waiting room near the locked security door leading back to the bud bar. But unlike medical marijuana purchases, all I had to do was hand over my Colorado ID for a quick visual check, and I was through the doors into the bud bar for my selections - of which the Clinic was limited due to such short notice.

The shop didn't have much to offer, only five strains - but that should grow considerably over the next few months (along with every other recreational shop's supply). The shop had five strains on deck, including a funky Chemdawg-cross called Shakedown, Grape Skunk, and a rich, OG-funky Grunk.


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Justin
Justin

My red card just recently expired so I decided to go to a retail store.  72 dollars for an eighth is an outrage and I cannot believe how many people are happily paying it.  When I walked in and saw that price on a dry erase board I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Either way it's truly ridiculous and I cant understand why more people aren't upset about this.  I left immediately and would never pay that much for a measly amount of weed.

Henry Chinaski
Henry Chinaski

except it wasn't a true troll - i was actually going for laughs here! oh well.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Lol Henry's troll level is expert! Well played sir :)

Henry Chinaski
Henry Chinaski

nope, hypospadias got 'em. nothing you can do after a certain point.

Anthony Gerard Smith
Anthony Gerard Smith

Daily currant is a satirical website like the onion. Made 100% as a joke.

Andrew Carrillo
Andrew Carrillo

thats fake in order for you to die from overdose on pot youd have to consume 3 times your body weight in less than an hour

Kevin Crowe
Kevin Crowe

Google it, it's a hoax by some sensitive propaganda mongers. It's not a true story.

dabowen20
dabowen20

the two year olds mother let her just be outside by herself? i don't buy that story. cuz even if she says she was with her kid she wasn't paying enough attention to see her pick up a cookie and start eating it. im not an extreme supporter of rec mj but that story is made up and bullshit.

Thisis_Insane
Thisis_Insane

Here, go check out some of your beloved officers of the law doing what they do best; violating people's rights and abusing them out in public. There are good cops and there are bad cops just like in every other part of this life on this planet, that you assholes like to paint in such a perfect light. These 'people; enjoy what they do and they delight in calling us names, and degrading whomever they get their hands on.

http://peacefulstreets.com/corrupt-cop-of-the-month/

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Longmont toddler tests positive for THC after acting oddly ***


Mother told police child ate part of a cookie she "found" outdoors

Longmont police are investigating how a 2-year-old girl ended up with THC in her system on Tuesday, according to Cmdr. Jeff Satur.

The child's mother took her to Longmont United Hospital on Tuesday afternoon because the child had become lethargic and acted oddly during a trip to the grocery store, Satur said. A toxicology test was performed and her urine tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Satur said the girl's mother said she does not use drugs, but she told police she found the girl eating a cookie that she had reportedly found outside the family's apartment complex on the 200 block of East Eighth Avenue about a half hour before the family headed to the store.

"She told (the girl) to drop it and the kid threw it back in the grass," Satur said.

Satur said a search of the area and the family's home failed to turn up anything and the girl's mother will be tested for the drug, as well.


Police are working with social service workers on the case. 


                    *** Regulation Works!! ***


 Thanks lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert !!

Tylr Tre
Tylr Tre

Its like buying produce, you can go to walmart and get what you need but some of us like to go to the farmers market, shake the hand that grew it and directly support them..

Tylr Tre
Tylr Tre

You do if you know who grew it, right?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Pot shops are not multinational conglomerates. Besides, you never truly know what you are buying on the street until one actually consumes the product. By that time, it may already be too late....though that appears to be the case with you, T.

Tylr Tre
Tylr Tre

Damn, Sterling Meeks you had to edit your comment 3 times,??? Lol, seems your the idiot..nobody here sells mexican weed you dipshit, theres independent growers that grow here for themselves and others that aren't growing commercially for the masses...

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Only up until the next administration takes its place (or Eric Holder does an about-face, which he is notorious for going back to his Clinton years).

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Ahem. The tax revenue stays put in Colorado. It doesn't matter who owns the business. Dumbass.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Most of your "local" bud you pick up from the street corner likely was grown in Mexico or Canada courtesy of organized crime. Idiot.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Doctor harshes mellow, cites scary coincidences with pot legalization

Making marijuana legal in Colorado has led to increased use of the drug among teens as well as a rise in traffic deaths involving a driver under the influence of pot.


Dateline Reality -- Marijuana legalization is fraught with problems.

For Colorado, which has about 40% of the nation’s documented medical marijuana patients, legalization has coincided with increases in the prevalence of marijuana use among teens, from 7.4% to 10.7%, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The number of traffic fatalities involving a driver under the influence of marijuana has doubled from 2006 to 2011, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/doctor-harshes-mellow-scary-pot-stats-article-1.1563876

Joshua Erwin
Joshua Erwin

I see where you are coming from Tylr Tre. You are worried about corporatization. Its a legitimate concern and needs good people to speak up about it to be avoided. As far as the taxes go; think of it this way. Colorado has to pay for everything associated with this, legal fees, state workers, the state legislators. On top of that think of the kind of tourism this will generate! I-25 barely handles what we have driving on it now, the light rail will will need expanded. Taxes pay for this. We have to cover our bases to ensure this succeeds on the national scale. Other states are looking to us, waiting for us to do this right so they know it can be done. If you want a tax free way enjoy canibus, network with some growers, and see if it interests you. Growing has Its costs and takes effort. If you cant do it on your own, talk with your friends and see If they would be willing to help. Then you could all share the tax free canibus you are looking for. But if putting forth the effort to grow your own sounds like too much commitment... STFU and pay damn taxes!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Colorado regulators promise improved oversight of retail pot shops


State law enforcement regulators sought to make their presence known Wednesday on the first day of recreational pot sales in Colorado, sending investigators across the state and patching together a makeshift system to ensure inventory is being tracked as required.


Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which includes the Marijuana Enforcement Division, promised stronger regulatory oversight that wasn't always possible with medical marijuana because of past budget shortfalls.


"We're going to be a lot more engaged and we're going to be a lot more of the face of this regulatory system," Brohl said during a visit to the Medicine Man recreational store in Denver's Montbello neighborhood.


About 10 criminal investigators from the Marijuana Enforcement Division fanned out across the state Wednesday to carry out "cursory checks" to make sure businesses were complying with rules and regulations, said chief investigator Lewis Koski. He said investigators were in the Denver area, the Western Slope and Pueblo.


Koski said one thing investigators are watching is more stringent labeling requirements on edible marijuana products, which must clearly state they are retail products that contain marijuana.


The state has struggled to get its long-promised $1.2 MILLION dollar Marijuana Inventory Tracking System, or MITS, in place for the opening of retail pot shops.


The division blamed bad weather and holiday shipping logjams for the delayed delivery of hundreds of thousands of radio-frequency tags that businesses must use to track product from seed to sale.


Brohl reported progress on Wednesday, saying all but 10 retail marijuana businesses have tagged all their inventory and put it into the system. She said more than 2 million radio frequency identification tags have been shipped and received.


The remaining 10 retail shops have agreed to use an "alternative method" of tracking in the meantime and should be on the MITS system in the next few days, she said.


"Everybody really wants to do a good job," she said. "They want to comply because they understand also the onus of non-compliance."


Get REGULATED, Bitches! ... you BEGGED for it !!

Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark

so what is he going to do with it now?

Don Ette
Don Ette

Gotta love all you haters cause your state didn't approve it for recreational use. Colorado is setting precedent and all you other states can follow. Have a great day. Rocky mountain high baby.

Don Ette
Don Ette

They federal government already said they will not step in as long as Colorado keeps strict enforcement on the issue. Know your facts.

UncleArthur
UncleArthur

@DonkeyHotay The Jackass brays out more reefer madness drivel. Maybe if the mother had been more attentive to her two year old child, this could have been avoided. But instead you blame a true hero like Mason for someone else's faulty parenting. You got to get up earlier than that, Jackass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Sterling Meeks = 100% BULLSHIT

LibTards
LibTards

@DonkeyHotay  You failed to quote the number of lives increased use of marijuana has SAVED, moron. It's a fact there are less alcoholics in states that have greater access to this plant. This plant is also being used as a successful treatment for alcoholism (prolonged use will not kill a person as opposed to liver disease, which will). More marijuana use = less drunk drivers on the road and a healthier population.

UncleArthur
UncleArthur

@DonkeyHotay Bray on, Jackass! You don't give a damn about ending prohibition. If you did, you wouldn't post Kevin Sabet/ONDCP/Prison Lobby talking points in your other post. You and the other butt hurts can't stand the fact that the black market no longer has a monopoly on the trade. You and your little punk ass black market malcontents can't stand the fact that you won't have prohibition to protect you or do your dirty work. Take off the cheap DEA hat that you bought at the novelty shop to impress your friends, because it's a brand new day.

bbeennch12
bbeennch12

Not all stores think legalization is right. Plus read your own comment. Neitherside is ready, think it'd be easy to prepare a state for a first time legal drug in 6 months?

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Another fool who didn't read the actual memo.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@LibTards <== makes up whatever BULLSHIT sounds good after suck suck suuuucking on his bong.


FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Idiot. The greedy dispensary pigs have doubled and tripled their prices.

The "black market" - private growers and caregivers - will continue to kick the dispensary cartels into bankruptcy.

Now go wait in line for 2 hours for some $70 per eighth warehouse schwag, sucker.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

timebandit
timebandit

@DonkeyHotay <== makes up whatever BULLSHIT sounds good after suck suck suuuucking on his dong.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Troof  @stuka1 @UncleArthur @timebandit

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

Troof
Troof

FreeTheWeed = DonkeyHotay = stupidstukka = reality.check = several other logins

The guy is such a loser he has to create an army of fake screen names to carry on conversations with himself and "like" his own comments.

UncleArthur
UncleArthur

@FreeTheWeed I noticed that you liked Donkey's pro ONDCP/Kevin Sabet's talking points. And you call yourself "Free The Weed". A better moniker for you would be "Kevin Sabet's Stooge".

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