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Thank you Matt Ferner for this update from the alcohol millionaire’s opinion of legalizing marijuana-by the A64 voting citizens.

Admin;  Follow the link for the link to Matt Ferner’s  article about Hickenloopers backtracking.  Mr. Alcohol is trying to covering his *ss.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper: Legalizing Marijuana In Colorado Wasn’t ‘Reckless,’ It Was ‘Risky’

Posted: 10/07/2014 8:46 pm EDT Updated: 10/08/2014 12:59 pm EDT

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday his state’s recreational marijuana law is not “reckless,” as he called it a day earlier, but “risky.”

“Context is everything,” Hickenlooper said in a statement, first reported by International Business Times. “I was asked if I thought it was [emphasis Hickenlooper’s office] reckless to legalize marijuana in Colorado -– perhaps risky is a better word. While I believe it was risky for Colorado to be the first state to step away from a failed federal policy given all of the unanswered legal questions and implications, the adoption of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters sent a clear message to the federal government that marijuana should be legal and regulated.”

“Is it risky now?” the governor asked. “It is certainly less so. We have a robust regulatory enforcement system that would not have been possible without the partnership of the marijuana business owners, activists, law enforcement officials, regulators, parents, policy experts and stakeholders. Together we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and fair system that protects the public health, diminishes the underground market, and educates and keeps marijuana out of the hands of our children.”

Hickenlooper said the state remains committed to carrying out the will of voters, obtaining access to banking for marijuana businesses, and maintaining a fair regulatory system.

On Monday, 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. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the “reckless” characterization,according to Politico.

The governor later expanded on the state’s legalization, saying: “I think for us to do that without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”

“I’m not saying it was reckless, because I’ll get quoted everywhere,” Hickenlooper added. “But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it, right. I opposed it from the very beginning. All right, what the hell — I’ll say it was reckless.” Continue reading

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

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.

Marijuana advice for Colorado vacationers.

Admin; Here is a smart list to adhere to.  No use making your vacation more expensive than necessary.

7 things you need to know about marijuana tourism

 Mark Murphy

By Mark Murphy

Published August 25, 2014

FoxNews.com

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You can’t light up anywhere– even in Colorado.iStock

When you think about green travel, it usually means an eco-friendly resort or destination.

That’s not the case anymore as “green” has taken on a new meaning with thelegalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington– and the corresponding increase in tourism to both states. For the purpose of this story, I’ll focus on Colorado, but many tips cover both states.  Continue reading

Colorado marijuana covered by Cnn Money.

Admin; Follow the link to a great series of videos made about legal marijuana…

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/

Legalized marijuana article comparing conservative and liberal attitudes within Colorado ranching and recreational towns.

Admin comment; It is interesting to note that the voters strongly supported A64 while the Gunnison town council and status quo made sure to currently not allow stores in the city. Looks like a vote is coming up that will over ride the prior ban.

High in the Rockies, a Chill Marijuana Debate ​
AUG. 2, 2014

Editorial: The Public Lightens Up About Weed
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Timeline: Evolving on Marijuana
Editorial Observer
By LAWRENCE DOWNES

GUNNISON, Colo. — Getting a feel for Gunnison, Colo., a town in the Rockies about four and a half hours southwest of Denver, takes a bicycle and a few minutes. On Main Street and nearby blocks you will pass a Wal-Mart, a pizza place called Pie-Zans, a bike-repair-and-espresso shop, the offices of The Gunnison Country Times, the campus of Western State Colorado University and Traders Rendezvous, which claims to have the state’s largest collection of antlers and mounted animal trophies. Ride long enough and you will find seven churches and five liquor stores, six if you count the Safeway.

What you will not find are any stores selling marijuana. These are not allowed.

To see the new Colorado after Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis, you have to drive a half-hour north, to Crested Butte. It has three dispensaries selling marijuana buds and pipes and cannabis-infused candies and drinks. They are off the main drag; their presence is low-key, even deferential.

The towns are not drastically different. Crested Butte, population 1,550, is for skiers and tourists; its main street is more colorfully painted, more self-consciously alpine. Gunnison, population 5,854, has deep roots in ranching and mining. It’s for hunters towing A.T.V.’s, students and underpaid faculty members at the university, and high-caliber athletes devoted to the strenuous life. A classic Gunnison sight is a $6,000 mountain bike racked atop a $700 Subaru.

The towns are divided by marijuana now, but many in Gunnison expect a change is gonna come. Voters will be deciding in November whether to legalize marijuana sales within the city limits, and if so, whether to tax them. The city voted down medical marijuana stores in 2011. But just a year later Gunnison County, which includes the city, voted 67 percent in favor of Amendment 64. To many in Gunnison, that is a sign that the world has turned.

This is how it feels in Colorado, in Denver and beyond: Even people and places not overeager to embrace marijuana are not cowed by legalization. Seven months after plunging into the what-if world of legal marijuana, Colorado feels years ahead of the rest of the country in cannabis understanding. If you go to Colorado, as many out-of-town reporters have, armed with adolescent stoner jokes, you should know that Cheech and Chong were famous 40 years ago. Many of the advocates and entrepreneurs leading the revolution are in their 20s and 30s and will not relate. And the majority of Coloradans who are going on with their lives, living apart from the world of weed, will not find you funny.

Gunnison has two would-be ganja-preneurs, Jason Roland and Todd Houle, pressing for legalization so they can open a store. The closest they have to an adversary might be Matthew Kuehlhorn, director of the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project, which works in the public schools. He puts himself on the tolerant end of those who want to discourage marijuana use, and refuses to exaggerate its dangers. “You can’t get the toothpaste back in the tube,” he said. “So now we’re finding ways to reduce harm and continue on forward.” He wants marijuana taxes to be earmarked for youth programs. Mr. Roland and Mr. Houle agree. The City Council isn’t so sure.

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The real drug problem in town, several Gunnisonians said, is alcohol — no surprise in a skiing-ranching-college town. Western State Colorado University has had to live down a reputation as a party school (locals call it “Wasted State”), and officials there do not think legal marijuana is going to help. The dean of students, Gary Pierson, said the school tries hard to send a drug-free message. Even authorized medical-marijuana users have to medicate off-campus.

I asked Chris Dickey, publisher of The Country Times, whether his paper had editorialized for or against Amendment 64. He couldn’t remember. “We have other issues. It’s a small town; the economy’s always kind of limping along. The environmental issues are always a pressing concern. The status of our local education institutions. Those are the things that impact people’s lives.”

George Sibley, a writer who came to the Gunnison Valley in the 1960s, said the key to grasping local politics in the Mountain West is knowing your altitude. “Above 8,000 feet, it’s almost always Democrat, and down-valley it’s almost always Republican,” he said. “Down-valley it’s more agricultural, self-reliant, Jeffersonian-type Republicanism. But up-valley, it was miners, originally, and union people, and then it became posturban liberals with urban backgrounds.”

By this theory, Crested Butte, at 8,885 feet, breathes solidly liberal air. Gunnison, at 7,703 feet, is more in the zone of political flux. Mr. Sibley said he expected legalization to win, which suited him fine. But he said there was a silent faction in town, how big he wasn’t sure, that would vote against marijuana shops simply to preserve the status quo.

“I actually think it’ll be slow,” Mr. Sibley said. “But life will not be very much different. There will be a significant new tax source for the community, and everybody will be even more used to it than they are now. You’re never going to stop it, of course, because if you put a challenge in front of a bunch of high school kids …”

He let the thought finish itself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/opinion/sunday/high-time-in-the-rockies-a-chill-marijuana-debate.html?_r=0

Wonderful article about legalized marijuana in colorado enjoyed on a vacation from Boston.

ALTERED STATE

Visiting home after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana

By Katie Johnston

| GLOBE STAFF   JULY 26, 2014 <br />

ILLUSTRATION BY SERGE BLOCH/MARLENAAGENCY.COM FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Usually when I talk to people about Colorado, the discussion revolves around my home state’s stunning mountain ranges and superb hiking, skiing, and camping.

This year, it’s all about pot.

In January, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize sales of recreational marijuana, so when I went home to visit my mom this summer, I decided to investigate this new tourist attraction — a purely professional curiosity, of course.

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I grew up in a small town on the western side of the state, Paonia, population 1,450, located in a fertile valley known for its low-sulfur coal, fruit orchards, and plentiful marijuana crops, including the legendary Paonia Purple Paralyzer.

There aren’t any pot shops in Paonia, although the question of whether that should change is on the ballot this fall, along with allowing large-scale cultivation and manufacturing. But several ski towns nearby now sell cannabis, so I created an herb holiday of sorts, with three day trips to check out the state’s newly sanctioned Rocky Mountain high.

My first retail reefer expedition was to Telluride, an old mining town in southwestern Colorado located in a box canyon — you have to drive out the same way you drove in, past lush green meadows, slender aspen trees, and spectacular spiky peaks streaked with snow.

It was a surprisingly family-friendly affair, with plenty of designated drivers: me, my cousin, my mom, my best friend, Teresa, and her husband. After lunch at the aptly named Baked in Telluride, a few of us went to scout out the town’s four recreational marijuana stores, located alongside real estate agencies listing multimillion-dollar homes and shops selling $166 sweaters.

We ducked into the Telluride Green Room, a small shop reeking of sweet, stinky weed, with an extensive menu of products. There were dozens of edibles – sour gummy bears, red fish, cherry bombs; massage oils and body lotions and lip balm, which don’t get you stoned but offer topical pain relief; concentrates and oils for vaporizers; and two strains of smokable buds: sativa, which promises an “energetic and uplifting” high, and indica, which gives a “strong physical body high that will make you sleepy or couch locked.”

An employee of the liquor store down the street came in to buy a package of gummy bears. “It helps with my work ethic,” he said. We saw him later at the liquor store and can report that his work ethic was indeed quite satisfactory.

I bought a gram of the innocent-sounding Blackberry sativa and another of Afghani indica, each enough to fill a small prescription bottle for $16.89 apiece (plus a hefty 18 percent tax), along with a small glass pipe and lighter. It’s illegal to consume pot “openly and publicly” in Colorado, which makes it difficult for tourists to indulge. Indoor clean air regulations prevent Amsterdam-style “coffee shops,” although a handful of private cannabis clubs have popped up.

The phrase I heard over and over: “Be discreet.”

“I tell people to take a walk down by the river,” said Green Room employee Rebecca Lang.

And so we did — passing the town marshal on the way, who couldn’t have cared less that we were carrying a bag of pot.

After sampling the Blackberry, we floated along in a happy bubble, our senses heightened. We located an ice cream parlor via Yelp, only to find that it had become a weed shop (hilarious). We did finally find some ice cream (delicious), and then took the gondola up to the ski area to survey the rocky peaks and colorful buildings tucked into the valley below (gorgeous).

On the way home, a few of us stopped at Orvis Hot Springs, a clothing-optional resort in Ridgway. It’s a beautiful place, with pools of varying temperatures set into the rocks, all with stunning views of the jagged San Juans — and less stunning views of middle-aged naked people.

Orvis has the dubious distinction of being located on the last piece of land taken from the Ute Indians. The great-grandson of Chief Ouray still comes to Orvis for a soak, apparently, and yes, he gets in for free — as do all Utes.

Dope is not allowed at Orvis — a sign posted by the front desk spells out the law against public consumption. But, once again, apparently that means “Don’t do it where we can see you.” “I like to tell people there’s nothing to stop you from walking down the road and getting baked,” said Bob Lavouix, the employee manning the front desk.

Something did stop me, though: the need to clear my hazy head.

Colorado has already seen a big economic boost from legalizing marijuana. Taxes from retail and medical marijuana sales are expected to generate $48 million this fiscal year. Denver, where more than half of the state’s 212 retail pot shops are located, was the third-most-popular college spring break destination this year, according to priceline.com , beating out every city in Florida, California, even Mexico.

Telluride is a ski town with summer recreations, too, including selling the legal marijuana Colorado now allows.

KATIE JOHNSTON/GLOBE STAFF

Telluride is a ski town with summer recreations, too, including selling the legal marijuana Colorado now allows.

But that doesn’t mean the tourism industry is embracing it. The Colorado Tourism Office and other local agencies are officially ignoring the fact that visitors can puff in peace. Before the 2012 election, Visit Denver put out a statement stating that “Colorado’s brand will be damaged, and we may attract fewer conventions and see a decline in leisure travel”; the agency has since taken a neutral position, reporting no negative impact on convention business so far, but no evidence of a “green rush” either.

In a TripAdvisor poll released in January, 21 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to visit Colorado now that marijuana has been legalized — and 17 percent said they would be more likely to travel to the state.

My cousin, Jennifer, who grew up next door to me and was visiting from Baltimore with her 9-year-old daughter, said people had one of two reactions when she told them she was going to Colorado: “You better be careful,” and “Are you going to get high?” — neither of which is bound to please tourism officials.

Peter Maxwell, a steakhouse owner in Crested Butte, strongly opposed allowing more than a handful of weed shops in town. “Our customer base is from the Bible Belt,” he said. But with the number of retail licenses capped at five, and the busiest Fourth of July he’s had in six years, Maxwell isn’t complaining.

The founder of Colorado Green Tours in Denver, which offers visitors tours of dispensaries and shops in a “cannabis-friendly vehicle” said worries about unsavory visitors flooding the state are unfounded. “A lot of people have a stereotype of a quote, unquote stoner as some dreadlocked hippie — lazy, not really contributing that much to society,” Peter Johnson said. “But in my experience, by and large, the vast majority of cannabis users are very productive people.”

The ganja-loving tourists I talked to certainly were. A doctor and his nurse practitioner wife from Oklahoma. An innkeeper from Oregon. A firefighter, an airplane mechanic, and a social media director. All of them — many in their 40s and 50s — said they regularly vacationed in Colorado, and being able to buy marijuana just made the trip more enjoyable.

The average age of customers in the first two months of the year, according to one pot shop owner: 52.

My second pot-buying excursion was to Crested Butte, a wildflower and mountain biking mecca, on the other side of a dirt pass dotted with red, yellow, and purple blooms. At the Soma Wellness Lounge, a store with reggae on the stereo and Oriental rugs on the floor, rows of weed-infused cherry drops and raspberry jellies hung beside packets of similarly supercharged packets of hot chocolate, bottles of brightly colored sodas, and jars of buds. A tourist from Oklahoma compared the rush of buying pot legally to watching his first porn movie; another, from Arkansas, asked for the weed that “makes you laugh your ass off.”

Crested Butte also sells the legal marijuana.

KATIE JOHNSTON/GLOBE STAFF

Crested Butte also sells the legal marijuana.

Owners Chuck Reynolds and Lee Olesen said they had recorded visitors from all 50 states since opening in April. Among their regular customers: senior citizens and veterans who didn’t sign up for medical marijuana cards for fear of losing their federal health benefits.

Unlike many pot shops, Soma accepts credit cards — an issue caused by the fact many banks won’t do business with cannabis retailers — forcing them to go cash only. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug — the kind most subject to abuse, on the same plane as heroin, more dangerous than cocaine or meth — although the FDA is currently conducting a scientific review of marijuana that may result in it being knocked down in classification.

Most people aren’t coming to the high country just for weed, of course; they are there to soak in the small-town, big-mountain, thoroughly gentrified beauty, which in Crested Butte includes an oxygen bar, art galleries, yoga studios, and an organic bakery. On the deck of the Sunflower deli, two couples in their 70s soaked up the sun. Pat and Mike Levins, from Vienna, Va., were traveling around the state with friends from Littleton. Smoking pot was not on the itinerary, but they didn’t seem offended by the state’s embrace of it. “I think it should be legal everywhere,” said Mike, a former National Transportation Safety Board employee.

Armed with a $26 child-proof bottle of lemon drops, I rejoined my friends to camp at Lost Lake, a sliver of blue ringed by pine trees, rocky ridges, and wildlife galore. During the course of the evening, a silvery fox, a spiney porcupine, and a deer walked by our campsite.

The recommended edible dosage, clearly labeled on every package I saw, was 10 milligrams, or one lemon drop, and we were advised to see how it hit us before taking more. (Are you listening, Maureen Dowd?) We all took one, waited an hour, then had another. This was a heavier, more all-encompassing high than the first day, and, judging by several bouts of uncontrollable laughter around the campfire, it was definitely of the “laugh your ass off” variety.

The next morning, Teresa and I went to check out the marijuana selection in Aspen, where stores sell fur chaps with bedazzled bullets and the women all seemed to be wearing spandex or carrying tiny dogs, or both. Teresa and I, on the other hand, smelled like smoke and were dressed in day-old clothes.

At the Green Dragon Cannabis Co., an Oregon man marveled at the ability to walk into a clean, well-lighted store to buy weed “instead of waiting for some guy to pull up in a car in an alley.” An Arizona couple and a 20-something guy peered into a jar of buds as the manager described the different kinds of high they provide. “We’re watching our son buy pot,” the woman explained.

At home later that night, I tried out my Aspen purchase, caramels made with cannabis-infused butter, and my mom had two lemon drops. We lighted some candles and sat on the porch swing under a blanket, listening to Tanya Tucker and drinking wine. You know, your typical mother-daughter evening, enhanced by a federally banned substance.

(My mom had the sole remaining lemon drop after I left. It didn’t leave her feeling stoned, she told me, just hungry.)

I’m happy to report that, at least where I traveled, Colorado does not seem to have been transformed into a stoner paradise. I didn’t see anyone getting high (except the people I was with). The locals and visitors I came across were the wholesome, outdoorsy types I usually encounter: a man from Utah using a hovercraft-like camera to film his son on a mountain bike; a preteen girl in a “Been there, skied that” T-shirt; a panhandler asking, “Spare a tomato?” A bartender in Telluride reported that there hadn’t been any bar fights during spring break, an unusual occurrence that he suspected was due to mellowed-out patrons.

Legalization is bound to spread. Retail sales have begun in Washington state, and nearly half the states in the country have either decriminalized marijuana or allow the medical variety. In fact, a recent Boston Globe survey found that almost half of Massachusetts voters would approve retail marijuana. The legal right to be couch-locked in our own state might not be far behind.

Katie Johnston can be reached at katie
.johnston@globe.com
. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2014/07/26/altered-state-first-visit-home-since-colorado-legalized-recreational-marijuana/Icez3kEfguPIAuuV0bOKxN/story.html

Recreational marijuana; 2014 colorado demand is high!

Colorado Conducted A Market Study On Marijuana – And Annual Demand Is 130 Metric Tons

Reuters

  • JUL. 9, 2014, 10:18 PM

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DENVER (Reuters) – Total marijuana demand in Colorado, where the nation’s first recreational pot shops opened in January, is estimated at 130 tonnes this year, a study for the state’s revenue authority said on Wednesday.

A day after Washington became only the second state to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults, the report said the projected demand in Colorado was much higher than anticipated.

More than 90 percent of it came from residents, while out-of-state visitors accounted for only about 9 tonnes.

“The primary difference is caused by much heavier dosage amounts consumed by the state’s ‘heavy user’ population – those who consume marijuana on a daily basis,” said the report, prepared for the Colorado Department of Revenue.

It said tax figures showed that the retail supply of marijuana was growing in the state, while supply via medical marijuana dispensaries had remained relatively constant.

“The retail demand is derived primarily from out-of-state visitors and from consumers who previously purchased from the Colorado black and gray markets,” the report said.

And it estimated that out-of-state visitors currently accounted for about 44 percent of retail sales in the Denver metro area, compared with about 90 percent in mountain resorts.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/colorado-annual-demand-for-marijuana-is-130-metric-tons-2014-7#ixzz373gaT3Yy