Marijuana: Trying to beat the crowds at Annie's in Central City


Another couple from Golden said they had thought about waiting a few weeks before going for their first recreational pot run, but jumped in their car, anyway, because "it's history." It is historic, and Strainwise, which bought Annie's last spring, was giving away shirts to commemorate the occasion that read: "Marijuana - legal in Colorado since January 1, 2014." (Technically, it's been legal since December 2012, but we get their point.)

Finally it was my turn to step up the small flight of stairs to the dispensary portion of the building. It's tiny, set up almost like a display booth at some sort of pot convention with huge windows looking into a clean, Apple store-meets-Whole Foods walled-off room with an open ceiling. Next to me, a really young-looking dude from New Jersey with his girlfriend said it looked like a miniature car wash for weed.

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The bud bar at Annie's.
After just over two hours of waiting, my number was called. I stepped up and handed over my ID to the woman behind the small security window, who looked it over and then handed it to another woman who began typing my information into the computer system. According to the receptionist, Annie's keeps track of who makes a purchase so that there are no repeat customers each day -- but the information is purged from the system each night.

I then had to wait another ten minutes for people ahead to finish before I made my way into the locked little shoebox of a bud room, where I was greeted by a staff of about seven people crammed in behind the glass display counter serving as the bud bar. There were sample jars of a few strains, but all of the bud for recreational sales was already pre-packaged in small containers. The guys ahead of me took their sweet time checking out every product for sale, including disposable e-pens full of hash oil and an assortment of cookies and candies. I just cared about the herb. Like a lot of shops around the area, Annie's was limited in its strains to a Chemdawg, Sour Diesel, Hong Kong Diesel, Purple and (I think) Sweet Tooth.

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Sour Diesel from Annie's.
We'd just reviewed another Strainwise medical marijuana dispensary in our regular Mile Highs and Lows medical marijuana reviews, and I had walked away pleased with the pot quality and service. This visit was more about the recreational experience and seeing if the quality matched up (it did) and how big the selection would be (small).

What really, really blew my mind was walking out with my wallet $70 lighter for 3.5 grams of pot. Basically, the same Chemdawg that I bought last week at $20 an eighth was going for nearly triple the price. I'm surprised my jaw didn't drop far enough to shatter the glass counter. One of the employees behind that counter tried to explain the high pricing to the New Jersey couple by talking about how high the excise tax is on wholesale buds, as well as the lack of supply and the cost of licensing and switching over to a dual-use facility. She also said prices would "level out" down the line -- let's hope it's soon, because $70 for an eighth of pot is absurd. Like, tourist in New York City absurd. I'll certainly be keeping my medical marijuana card until the retail prices drop.

Prices aside, though, the buds of Sour Diesel I brought home were ripe and well-developed, with a coating of amber trichomes across them and a smell that is probably still putting a smile on the face of those customers used to scraggly scraps from a third-hand middleman like Bill.

For more of our recreational marijuana coverage, head over to The Latest Word.


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135 Nevada St., Central City, CO

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MsMedicinal
MsMedicinal

.....

Best kept secret in Colorado for six months ....conveniently and or discreetly or possibly accidentally inserted while bombed ...


" Strainwise, which bought Annie's last spring"


The Retreat ..The Ridge ...Annies ...

Three reviews of Strainwise dispensaries Billy Breathes? 

Say it ain't so .Billy..You are truly not like those Washington lobbyists who 'lean one way ever so conveniently "  for kickbacks  ...or should we say ...

......."an extra gram or two"

Hmmmmmm


......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

  Utah authorities on alert as Colorado opens retail marijuana stores


SALT LAKE CITY — As Colorado prepares to become the first state in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, authorities in Utah are on alert.

"There's a profitable market for the substance over there," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Utah Highway Patrol and Summit County Sheriff's Office don't necessarily expect the illegal marijuana market in Utah to change, but they're quite certain they'll catch more high-level drug traffickers out on freeways in Utah as demand for marijuana grows in Colorado.

Summit County deputies, working with the DEA and UHP, have made it their business to intercept large marijuana shipments on I-80 and U.S. 40.

"We've seen an uptick of that in the last few years and in particular the last year or so,” Edmunds said.

Edmunds said he's certain that trend will continue. Denver law enforcement has ignored marijuana for years, he said, adding that he believes that drove up demand for the drug before voters legalized it.

"I think anytime you have a situation where law enforcement has decided enforcing certain laws are not a priority, I think you're going to see an uptick in usage,” Edmunds said.

The DEA also predicts more bulk marijuana busts and large cash seizures on I-80 and I-70. They base that estimate on supply and demand. The DEA believes marijuana growers in California, including Mexican cartels, will want to profit on the business in Colorado.

"Filling what would be a gap in Colorado relative to cultivators there not being able to keep up with demand,” said Sue Thomas, supervisory special agent for the DEA in Utah.


"Where we're going to see an increase is those transiting through Utah to market their marijuana products in Colorado," Thomas said.


The UHP said it will keep making marijuana busts the way it always has, through good traffic enforcement. It will stop motorists for traffic violations and equipment malfunctions, and sometimes those stops lead to pot busts.

Joe Shepherd
Joe Shepherd

its south park , what other reason is there

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dispensaries feel THE FIST of Government Regulation


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. 


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."


"They want to comply because they understand also the onus of non-compliance."

"They want to comply because they understand also the onus of non-compliance."

"They want to comply because they understand also the onus of non-compliance."


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

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

Park County shop in Bailey had their State approval but not the paperwork from Park County to open to Recreational today. The Alma store is believed to open to recreational pot sales sometime in March. What's up with Park County dragging their heels to provide recreational sales on Jan 1st.

Scott D. Taylor
Scott D. Taylor

Do they have a strip club in central city? Could stack claim to a true wild west town.

Reyad Jamil Derani
Reyad Jamil Derani

I wondered why i felt so much better smoking your shit man.. I prefer cilantro but oregano is cool

Ramiro Solano
Ramiro Solano

Hahaha! Ya'll were too stoned to know the diff.

Ramiro Solano
Ramiro Solano

I'll grab an OZ and roll a bunch of pinner joints mixed with oregano and sell them to you stoners and double or triple my money. Just like I used to in high school. : )

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

just got back from annies a few hours ago myself. pricey, yes...but some damn nice herb.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"After just of two hours of waiting ...    What really, really blew my mind was walking out with my wallet $70 lighter for 3.5 grams of pot."


LOL! ... how's that REGULATION feel now? ... driving 1+ hours to wait 2 more hours to buy warehouse schwag at $560 per ounce !!


Priceless!



 "Marijuana - legal in Colorado since January 1, 2014."


Typical LYING Stoners, just make up whatever BULLSHIT fits their agenda.



Terd-burglar
Terd-burglar

@DonkeyHotayAmendment 64 was the best thing to ever happen so stop calling it a festering turd as I take offense to that.  Terds rule donkeyballs drool!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"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."


…or because they just don't know how to act. They didn't have any problem wasting money on things they didn't need, like a fleet of more vehicles than they had people….governments routinely blame "budget shortfalls" for their incompetence.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shelia Canfield-Jones  ... no rush, every competent stoner already grows their own, or simply buys it from the same friends, family and/or acquaintances they've always scored their dope from.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... the sheer IDIOCY of a $1.2 MILLION RFID tracking system -- to an out of state vendor -- that FAILS as a concept before it is even implemented illustrates just how fucking incompetent and wasteful the MMED is, was, and always will be.



larkcreel
larkcreel

@DonkeyHotay it is legal for SHOPS to sell marijuana but still illegal for individual sale... just like alcohol, you cant just pack a cooler with a 12pk & ice, sit on the corner and sell the beers, you have to obtain a license first.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

I'm not sure WTF it actually is, but legal isn't the word that comes to mind. Seems like begging one government to look the other way while breaking another government's law. Before they turned it into a dog and pony show (on the medical side) things were a lot simpler.

In-state, it's mostly simpler for me since A64, aside from the retarded 5ng/ml BS, but now I damned well don't risk leaving the state with so much as a pack of cookies (did mail them okay last time, though.) Even in-state, I'll probably eventually get measured at 10 nanograms, or some bullshit (though I've never been asked to take any kind of test, except the one time I was cold sober and given a field sobriety test.)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... but, according to Wasteword and the A64 pimps, marijuana is LEGAL in Colorado.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident



"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all"
-- Robert Chase 



Where is that know-nothing dilettante poseur? 


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