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Colorado's legal recreational pot industry off to smoking start

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  1. Vitalogy


    Marijuana advocates said they expect $400 million in sales in the next year, giving the state an economic boost. Mason Tvert, co-director of the legalization campaign, said he expects several other states to follow suit in the next few years.

    "Regulating marijuana works," Tvert said, pointing to the state's longstanding medical marijuana operation.

    Pot activists say a government-monitored marijuana industry is a better alternative to the drug war and no different than how alcohol is treated in the United States. Critics worry that it will fuel drug abuse and use by minors.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 07:08 PM #
  2. paulwalker

    Washington State has the advantage of watching how this plays out in Colorado. Perhaps there can be some learning here, but bottom line, this is the right move. I totally agree taking these drugs "off the street" will reduce crime overall. CO and WA are definitely leaders, and I fully expect other states will follow, but it may take some time.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 07:16 PM #
  3. Vitalogy

    Oregon will pass a similar measure this fall.

    As for Washington, it sounds like they are about 6 months out to being were CO is today. It will be interesting to see how things pan out, but I'll make a prediction right now: Be prepared to hear the term "marijuana millionaires" become popular. Who will be the pot version of Widmer or McMenamins?

    I just wish I had the balls to be a pot entrepreneur.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 07:52 PM #
  4. shipwreck

    I always thought Oregon would be first. Probably also joining the club will be Hawaii, California and Vermont.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 10:17 PM #
  5. edselehr

    Question: What happens to all those people incarcerated on marijuana possession charges in these states that are now legalizing possession? Will they have to serve out their terms?

    I'm reading that one out of every 8 incarcerations in America is marijuana related. That's over a billion dollars of correctional spending that could be saved.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 10:47 PM #
  6. missing_kskd

    Sadly, yes.

    The State could take some action today, but the law as written when they offended is the law that keeps them locked up.

    In many States, private prison companies have occupancy clauses in their contracts where the State is supposed to assure them of high percentages of inmates. These can be 80, even 100 percent.

    If the law were written to nullify sentences, they could be released. Or the legislature could take some action and have them released too.

    Posted on January 3, 2014 - 09:02 AM #
  7. duxrule

    I know that our local prosecutors have dismissed numerous marijuana-related violations, and a number of jail sentences have been vacated, as well. That seems to be a county-by-county thing, though. Remember, however, these are people with smaller (personal) amounts of weed. People moving pounds are still being arrested or are in the clink.

    Posted on January 3, 2014 - 09:10 AM #