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Gov. John Hickenlooper: It Was ‘Reckless’ For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana

Admin; Hypocritical because he has made his millions from alcohol and insulting to speak out against the will of the people passing A64 in light of the inaction of the federal government.  Please think more carefully about the words you choose…

Gov. John Hickenlooper: It Was ‘Reckless’ For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana

Posted: 10/06/2014 9:40 pm EDT Updated: 10/06/2014 9:59 pm EDT

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state’s legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are “reckless.”

Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana.

“I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are” in Colorado, Hickenlooper said, International Business Times reported. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the “reckless” characterization, according to Politico. Continue reading

Veterans receive free medical marijuana instead of addictive pharmaceuticals in Denver

Admin; Denver’s Progressive canna cure approach to helping vets with PTSD, TBI, and other hard to cope diseases.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10606610

Denver-area veterans given free marijuana at unusual event

DENVER – An event targeted at veterans handed out free marijuana to hundreds of people on Saturday, including edibles and medicinal versions of the plant, all in an effort organizers say was designed to help vets in need.

The Denver Cannibis Giveaway, gave out pot to the veterans and to the general public, who can now legally possess it in Colorado, as a different approach to treating veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, reports CBS Denver.

“That’s our mission, is to offer veterans a safe alternative to the dangerous prescription drugs that they’re prescribed to deal with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and all sorts of other ailments,” said Roger Martin, Operation Grow4Vets Executive Director.

But others objected to the distribution of marijuana publicly to veterans in this fashion.

“These people are getting marijuana with varying degrees of potency and THC. That could cause things like paranoia,” said Bob Doyle of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Coalition. “Obviously things that we wouldn’t want somebody with PTSD to be experiencing.”

Still, the vets who attended the event say marijuana is useful to them as medical treatment because they make more sense than harsher alternatives.”I’m allergic to morphine opiates, I can’t take them,” said Mark Pitt, a Vietnam veteran. “So I don’t have much choice other than do that.”

Mother moves family to Colorado for medical CBD & health of child

Admin; Mother with multiple health issues, moves her family to Colorado to begin enjoying the freedom of choosing own medicine.

Colorado for cannabis

By Tim Guidera

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –

The photos and updates on Pamela Bailey’s Facebook page shows how she is adjusting to her new home. And she says, so does her health.

When we introduced you to Bailey eight months ago, the mother of two was attempting to move from Savannah to Colorado so she could legally begin using marijuana to treat a variety of ailments that included Lyme disease and Chron’s disease.

She made the move on August 24 and started cannabis oil treatment the same day.

“After four days of being on cannabis oil, I was able to put down a cane that I was having to use to walk with, so that was a major improvement there,” said Bailey, who is living in Colorado Springs. “I’m still having some severe GI problems that I think will take continued time and use of cannabis oil to clear up. But I think I can see already that it was very well worth the move coming here.”

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Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado for first six months of 2014.

Admin; And so the popular voter social experiment continues. This is all new history being made.  Please enjoy this natural product and be part of history.

Colorado Retail Marijuana Sales Finally Beat Medical

Sept. 10, 2014

Marijuana BankingA customer pays cash for retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver, Thursday, May 8, 2014.Brennan Linsley—ASSOCIATED PRESS

Retail sales have lagged medical sales since pot shops opened on Jan. 1, fueling concern that projected tax revenues would fall short

Sales of legal retail marijuana have topped sales of medical marijuana in Colorado for the first time since the state’s recreational pot shops opened their doors on Jan. 1, according to tax figures released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

During the month of July, the state received $838,711 from a 2.9% tax on medical marijuana, meaning that patients spent an estimated $28.9 million at dispensaries. The state meanwhile raked in $2.97 million from a 10% sales tax on retail marijuana, putting those sales at about $29.7 million, according to calculations by the Cannabist.

Though that amounts to a less than $1 million gap between retail and medical sales, this is a small victory for champions of legalization who have argued that the experiment will be profitable for the state, as revenues have lagged behind some expectations.

“Most adults use marijuana for the same reasons they use alcohol. Now that it’s a legal product, they are choosing to access it in a similar fashion,” Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said. “For most Coloradans, buying marijuana in a retail store will just become the norm. It appears that shift in behavior is already taking place.”

In July, the Denver Post Editorial Board voiced its concernsabout the medical market outpacing the legal recreational pot shops up to that point in 2014:

And if that trend holds for the entire year, it will present state officials with a challenge: How to prod a portion of those medical marijuana users into the retail market where they almost certainly belong. Medical marijuana privileges should be confined to genuine patients, particularly now that the retail option exists, and not to those merely seeking a break on price because the taxes are lower.

For the legalization experiment to be a success, it needs to be profitable for the state and lure buyers from the black market, a migration that should be reflected in sales figures. Tvert says that prices of retail marijuana, currently around $35 for 1/8 ounce, are far from finalized. Retail shops depend mostly on word of mouth for advertising; they have had only part of a year for competition to kick in; and they are just now recouping big costs associated with starting their businesses, he says.

Because there is only data about the first six months of sales in an unprecedented market, conclusions about success or failure are impossible to draw. But if retail sales continue to increase, while medical marijuana sales hold steady, expectations of a windfall from legal pot are less likely to go up in smoke.

http://time.com/3318719/colorado-retail-medical-marijuana-sales/

Since January, Colorado has reaped more than $37m in taxes from marijuana.

Admin; Colorado may be an experiment, but we aren’t doing too bad for ourselves. Curious if sales drop after tourist season ends, or begins?…. I guess either way, Colorado is a multi- seasonal vacation spot, so maybe sales will only grow? Let them grow…

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Colorado now selling more recreational than medical marijuana

Associated Press in Denver

Wednesday 10 September 2014 17.09 EDT

Colorado is now selling more recreational pot than medical pot, a turning point for the newly legal industry.

Tax records released by the state Department of Revenue on Wednesday showed that the state sold $29.7m worth of recreational marijuana in July, the most recent data available. That was slightly higher than the $28.9m worth of medical marijuana sold in June.

Colorado has many more medical pot shops than recreational pot shops, which are open to all over 21. Colorado has some 500 medical shops, fewer than 200 open to all adults.

Since January, Colorado has reaped more than $37m in taxes from marijuana. That figure includes taxes, licenses and fees from both medical and recreational pot.

all walks of life come together to end marijuana prohibition.

Groups Come Together to End Marijuana Prohibition, Increase Cannabis Research & Promote a Compassionate Health Care Response to Drug Use & Addiction

11 Sep 2014

Written by Press Release

COLORADO—(ENEWSPF)—September 10, 2014. Moms United to End the War on Drugs is bringing together a coalition of family members, health care professionals and criminal justice professionals to end cannabis prohibition that has been so destructive to our families and communities.

Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs will be holding a panel discussion at the Sherman St. Event Center in Denver, Colorado (1770 Sherman St.) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Exhibit Hall Stage at 12:30pm.  Speakers include: Mary Lynn Mathre from American Cannabis Nurses Association; Dr. Jeff Hergenrather from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians; Theresa Daniello, from Moms United to End the War on Drugs; and Leonard Frieling from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

In 1937 laws were put into place prohibiting the use of cannabis in the United States. In the past decade, over 6 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges. For several decades people who use drugs and people with addictive illness have been banished to the criminal justice system.

Nearly half of all prisoners in state prisons are locked up for a non-violent offense. Every year 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana, wasting law enforcement resources and throwing non-violent offenders into the criminal justice system. This is not just about lives interrupted, but lives destroyed. Incarceration can leave children without a parent in the home, and often leads to life-long exclusion from housing, employment and educational opportunities.

“For too many years people who use cannabis have been banished to the criminal justice system due to ignorance, fear, and stigma. More reforms are needed so that we can indeed live in a compassionate society where all human life is valued and basic human rights are protected.” – Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director & Co-Founder of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) & Lead Organizer of PATH’s national Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign.

Marijuana prohibition has prevented valuable research in the United States to discover the most effective uses for medicinal marijuana. Many seriously ill people can’t access the medicine that works best to relieve pain and alleviate symptoms of serious medical conditions.

For a doctor, the first principle of the Hippocratic Oath is to “do no harm,” yet we’ve seen so much harm done to individuals and families due to misguided drug policies. The key role of a nurse is to act as a patient advocate, but current policies prevent a full range of therapeutic options.

Because the duty of law enforcement should be to “protect and serve,” many law enforcement professionals believe that adult drug use or abuse is a health issue and not a law-enforcement matter, provided it doesn’t harm other people.

The major role of mothers is to protect and nurture their offspring, yet we’ve stood by as our basic rights as mothers have been eroded because of overzealous policing policies that abandon core health issues.

Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs stand together in demanding science-based, health-oriented strategies that reduce the harm of drug use and addiction, rather than fanning the flames of stigma and discrimination with a failed war on drugs. They are speaking out in a unified voice to replace punitive drug policies with compassion, science, education and tolerance.

“The addition of nurses, social workers and other health care professionals to this coalition demonstrates the rapidly growing support for drug policy reform, and how those on the front lines understand that prohibition doesn’t prevent drug use, it just makes its consequences so much worse.”  –  Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of police, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

Mothers from the Moms United to End the War on Drugs national campaign are taking a leading position to end the violence, mass arrests and incarceration that are the results of the war on drugs. They are building a movement to stop the stigmatization and criminalization of people who use drugs or who are addicted to drugs, because they have witnessed too many lives lost and liberties removed because of devastating and discriminatory drug policies.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Their mission is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs, and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction by ending drug prohibition.

The health care community is also becoming more vocal in challenging systems that are so damaging to families. The mission of the American Cannabis Nurses Association is to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development. The ACNA is proud to join moms, cops and docs in recognizing drug abuse/addiction as a health problem and cannabis may be a therapeutic option.

The Society of Cannabis Clinicians / American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine is an educational and scientific society of qualified physicians and allied health professionals dedicated to physician education, supporting good practice standards for doctors recommending cannabis, carrying out high quality medical cannabis research, and promoting lab tested whole plant medicine. SCC/AACM is standing with Moms United, LEAP & ACNA in calling for an end to cannabis prohibition, which directly prevents medical professionals from researching and providing cannabis medicine to sick patients who would benefit, many of whom are young children and elders.

The tide is turning. We are seeing many marijuana reform efforts across the country.  Twenty three states and the District of Columbia have laws that legalize the use of medical marijuana, and in 2012 Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. President Obama has stated that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and his administration appears to be allowing Colorado and Washington State to regulate marijuana responsibly.

More reforms are needed so that we can indeed live in a compassionate society, where all human life is valued and basic human rights are protected.  “Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs” are united in demanding an end to prohibition of marijuana and the war on drugs.

For more information: www.momsunited.net.

Source; http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/latest-national-news/55349-moms-cops-nurses-docs-stand-together-to-reform-marijuana-laws.html

Colorado marijuana covered by Cnn Money.

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Tourists flock to Colorado to smoke legal weed

By Aaron Smith @AaronSmithCNN August 22, 2014: 11:03 AM ET

Tourists from around the world are going to Colorado to get stoned legally.

“We have a flow of tour buses coming in every day now,” said Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center, a Denver dispensary with an influx of Japanese and Saudi tourists. “We even get charter buses from Texas!”

Fox is billing her dispensary as a “tourist friendly” destination. It has a living-room-style reception room and an 80-foot long viewing corridor with rows of windows so customers can see inside the marijuanagreenhouse.

“You can literally watch the cannabis you are purchasing grow right in front of your eyes!” boasts the dispensary’s web site.

Fox estimates that 70% of her 200 daily customers are from out of state.

In Boulder, the Terrapin Care Station recreational dispensary gets at least of third of its income from out of state, according to manager Jarrod Guaderrama.

“I can definitely tell that all the people from Texas, Georgia, California made this their vacation spot because of legal marijuana,” he said. “They’ll say they’re here because it’s beautiful and they’re going skiing. They’ll say right after that, ‘Plus, there’s legal pot here.'”

The Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting says the state took in $19 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana during the first half of the year.

marijuana tourism Colorado dispensaries like the 3D Cannabis Center in Denver are sparking a boom in marijuana tourism.

But the state doesn’t calculate how much of that is from tourism versus local buyers, and hard numbers are difficult to come by.

Colorado retailers began selling recreation marijuana on New Year’s Day, and in what may or may not be a coincidence, the state also posted a record ski season for 2013-2014. Colorado hosted 12.6 million ski visits according to a local industry group, up 10% from the prior season, but industry executives can’t say whether legal pot was a factor.

Most ski resorts and hotels don’t allow smoking, but there’s a niche industry popping up offering so-called “420-friendly” lodgings catering to this segment of tourists. Some bars and music venues also allow smoking in outdoor areas.

Related: Want a job? Try the pot industry

Entrepreneurs from outside Colorado are also cashing in. Rick Moore owns a bus tour company in Dallas, and started running buses to Denver dispensaries after marijuana was legalized. He charges $400 for the 12-hour trip, which leaves on Thursday and returns on Monday at 3 a.m., and includes two nights in a hotel. Colorado tours now account for about a quarter of his business.

“Some people might try to bring something back, but I discourage it,” he said. “It’s legal in Colorado but outside Colorado it’s not, so I don’t want anybody bringing it on the bus.”

He added that not all of his Texan tourists smoke weed, but they still want to visit the dispensaries.

“They just want to go because they’re curious,” he said.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/22/smallbusiness/marijuana-tourism-colorado/