Reader: Pot buyers without red cards are being raped by taxes

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Our Josiah Hesse recently ventured to Civic Center Park to see if recreational marijuana store openings had cut down on illegal sales -- and discovered that the pot black market is alive and well. This came as no surprise to many of our commenters, including this medical marijuana card holder.

Desarae Nicole Buchanan writes:

Happy to be a red card holder and not have to be raped by the Insane tax on it! Wow! Maybe if they taxed alcohol like marijuana, [there would be] less violence and alcohol related crashes!

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114 comments
Mish Desmarais
Mish Desmarais

Now if only those high taxes would actually go to schools it would make it worth it that they actually are not at all regulating like alcohol. It goes to a school construction fund, not programs.

Chris Howland
Chris Howland

When I was told how much an 8th costs, I was flabber gasted! Thank Goddess I can use the non-rec shops

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Jenny, it not even that bad. You can still get 1/8ths for $50.00, or under. That is not too bad in my book. To go into an actual store, and pick what strain you want. Smokers in practically every other state wish they lived here. Shit my guy out east is paying 60-80 an 1/8th, and over a bill for a quarter, and its not like he really has a choice which strain he buys, or which store he goes to get it. Pretty much whatever is around is around. So, we have it pretty good here in Colorado.

Sandra Jacober
Sandra Jacober

I don't mind paying extra for legality as long as the extra is going to schools.

Chelsea Ione
Chelsea Ione

Don't think paying what are standard prices elsewhere to legally buy weed is equitable to being raped.

Jenny Tossie
Jenny Tossie

Youve HAD to have seen this coming! Denver...you voted for it! Lmao. I was a smoker waaay before it was legal and imma continue to do so whether its legal or not, doesnt matter to me....i refuse to pay govt prices for weed, especially mid quality. But seriously.....yall didnt see this coming? Haha

Ryan Rasmussen
Ryan Rasmussen

Westword: Where freely entering into a market transaction and paying taxes that were democratically approved equals "rape." Chris TheChairman Eklund: Calling people names on the internet is effective and appropriate.

Che Harness
Che Harness

either that or they were trying to use the most offensive word possible to express their level of anger and disgust. The word is as accurate as that person feels.

Che Harness
Che Harness

The excessive taxes are a legislative matter, not a democratic one. The extra "sin" and regulation taxes were not voted in with A64

Ed Moreno
Ed Moreno

Who cares, it's legal now. The taxes go to some good causes.

Michelle Beck
Michelle Beck

Rape is a disgusting word to be thrown around with such utter disregard for what it really means. Shame on Westword for publishing this garbage.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

"stupid insecure bitches" Hate-filled much?

Rachel Moyle
Rachel Moyle

I imagine your verbal skills are so sub par that you can't really think of an alternative and more optimal word to replace "rape". Which also indicates your intelligence level.

Rachel Moyle
Rachel Moyle

Chris, your character and quality as a person deep down is showing. A better word could have been used. But honestly, you seem like a really terrible person who completely lacks empathy. I feel sorry for the people who are in your life

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

If you been legal for 8 years u shoulda gone to a dispensary long ago, instead of just finally going to one. lol. Colorado is turning into a tourist town? lol. Colorado? Which city? Colorado has always been a tourist STATE. Man, get your arguments right. Im a normal guy with a normal job, and I get by just fine. You don't like it here? Move.

Ernze Oni
Ernze Oni

I've been legal for 8 years and finally went to a dispensary and they charge twice what I pay, and I get better dro. Dispensary are for tourist and Colorado is turning into a tourist town. More people, more traffic, more taxes. That sucks it's getting to expensive for normal people to live.

Keeri Featherston
Keeri Featherston

HAHAHAHAHA, oh please, "The Chairman", take it upon yourself some more to tell ME whats wrong with my own thoughts and beliefs. What's wrong with the nation is YOU! I swear you fucking dudes behind a computer hear a signal everytime a woman doesn't like rape and take action. Maybe you should look at yourself and question why you are so attatched to the word, because at this moment you are defining rape culture.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

^^^too much time on his hands obviously, and if you wanna give advice about acting like and adult, or grown up as you put it. Read your own damn posts you are the one calling people bitches, and pussies. Now what kind of adult with anything relevant to add to a conversation speaks in the way you do? Not many I know, and behavior like that is more fitting of an angry teenager, as opposed to an adult.

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

Shut the fuck up dude. Stop being an offended crybaby. You are just a pussy who needs to quit taking things out of context

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

How about stop being offended? that's what;s wrong with this nation these days, everyone is fucking butthurt and offended by EVERYTHING! Fucking grow up and quit complaining you worthless bitch!

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

If you get offended by the word rape, you need to re-evaluate your life and quit being an offended fucking pussy

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

Oh no please, don't get too fucking offended. Are you kidding me? Only stupid insecure worthless bitches would get offended by the word "rape" as used for high tax payments. Using the word "rape" to describe incredibly high taxes seems like a pretty good word to use.

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

Shut the fuck up about the fact that they used the word rape. Bunch of sensitive crybaby pussies!!! Sickening!!

Chris TheChairman Eklund
Chris TheChairman Eklund

You people will always find something to complain about. If the weed was free. You'd complain about how long the line was instead of being happy that you are witnessing history. Bunch of fucking idiots

Charlie Day
Charlie Day

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rape?s=t See definition 4, 5 and 8. These people have to have residency in the first place, if they're not smart enough to pay $30 and get a red card (Recouping the expense in 1 to 2 visits and saving hundreds possibly thousands of dollars in the future), then they're literally going to pay for it.

Juan Macias
Juan Macias

Yeah really. Its like adopted N-word for everybody or something. Its just a fucking word....RAPE. Get the fuck over it being used. For fucks sake. Also I read something about the THC content on recreational was lower by 17% or something. So yeah to me thats a bit of a rip off, but hey I have my own means of getting it. Also looking into growing a couple plants. My ass is covered don't care about how others wallets maybe raped.....oh no that word again.

lonememe
lonememe

Also, maybe all of the people who are this outraged about the taxes should have paid attention to the legislative process.  I tried to get people I know to write their representatives to implore them not to go this route, but clearly enough of us didn't do it.  


Don't like it?  Get your red card renewed.  The renewal price is next to nothing now, the prices are way cheaper, and there are barely any lines anymore.  

Gabriel J. Gonzales
Gabriel J. Gonzales

Maybe raped is a harsh word... maybe he could have phrased it different. Something like "viciously corn holed after consenting to a relaxing massage".

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

And out come the pseudo-feminist tools to cry about a word.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I will not "get over it", any more than I got over marijuana being illegal in the first place and fought against it. A64 was just one battle in the war to regain civil rights. The fight isn't over.

Glen Kelley
Glen Kelley

One light, two fans, a 2x2 space, some panda plastic,and some magic beans Problem solved!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Michael Paul "You can still get 1/8ths for $50.00, or under. That is not too bad in my book."


Another fool who enjoys being RAPED by Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.



FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

The $$ is going into the pockets of the greedy profiteering dispensary cartel pigs.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

You sure are stupid, Che.

The taxes were voted on by democratic referendum as per TABOR.

Your ignorance is astounding.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed topcommenter

Wasteword rapes the truth with their biased propaganda every week.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That would definitely have made for a longer headline. Thanks for posting, Gabriel.

lonememe
lonememe

Fuck you  See how much of a pseudo-feminist tool you are about this "word" when you know a rape survivor, or maybe grow up.  Oh, and I'm a man.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... YOU SURRENDERED TOTAL CONTROL to the Insatiable Dept. of Revenue and the Big $$ Dispensary Cartels... you got NOTHING else coming, ever.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts <== says the hack who will publish any LIE or FALSEHOOD if it makes a convenient headline.


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