Colorado Bound? It'll Be a Bit Before the State's New Marijuana Law Takes Effect.

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Let's just cut to the chase: At least 14 months.

That's how long it will be before the first retail non-medical marijuana store in Colorado, our friendly neighbor to the northwest, might open. Not that anyone is counting.

Looks like the nearest big town to Texas on an interstate in Colorado is Trinidad, about 600 miles -- or about a six-hour drive -- away. Not that you're interested.

It's 882 miles from Dallas to Denver, by the way. Just putting that out there for future reference.

Obviously, the really important election news Tuesday was the presidential race and various Senate races in faraway places like Massachusetts and Indiana. Vital stuff for the republic and stuff going on there. Yep, it's been a long, hard grind for the electorate, so we're all probably ready for a vacation in some lovely place like Colorado, whose voters approved Amendment 64 on Election Day, which legalizes the personal possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana as of December 6 and sets in motion the long process for creating retail stores and suppliers in the state.

First, the Colorado Department of Revenue has to establish licensing procedures then accept and receive applications. Local government leaders also must OK ordinances that will determine whether and how many marijuana shops can open in their towns.

So it will be 14 months before the first licenses can be granted, said Morgan Fox, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C.

Of course, considering the Obama administration's Justice Department is insisting that A) marijuana possession and cultivation is still against federal law and B) federal law trumps the wise wisdom of Colorado's very wise electorate, it's natural to wonder who will have the guts to apply for the first retail license in the state.

Fox was sanguine about that.

"I don't think the Obama has enough political capital" to push back hard against the political will of Colorado's voters. (He just eked out a win in the state Tuesday, 50-48 percent over Mitt Romney.)

"I think the Department of Justice is going to be a lot more lax going forward," Fox predicted. "They've seen the writing on the wall."

But will there be resistance from locals who don't want marijuana shops in their towns? Maybe, Fox said, but the state already allows medical marijuana sales, so prospective retailers will have a good idea of where they are or aren't welcome. Fox expects the first retailers will be "a bunch of smaller operations" that aim to fly below the feds' radar.

Sort of a mom-and-pop pot thing, maybe.

But all that's in the future. In about one year and two months, which will be just a perfect time for a road trip. Yeah, and those Colorado folks just love, love, love to see Texas drivers on their roadways. It's a known fact.


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chasd00
chasd00

Man i'm getting some friends together and getting ready to pounce the moment the dust settles. We probably have 100k liquid between us that should get a couple stores open I would think. Keep the assets light and move the cash out of the LLC as soon as it comes in. If the feds shut it down, declare bankruptcy and close up shop.

 

freaking.goldmine.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Maybe no retail sales for a while, but concealed carry should be legal now.

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

About 6,000 people died last year from Aspirin and even more from Peanuts. Less than 2,000 from Heroin, Cocaine and Meth Combined. The DEA with out Marijuana will loose up to 80% of their mission now with its militarized units around the world and the Golden Cash Cows milk will dry up and the Drug Lords and Prohibition Cartels will soon  be redundant.  And more and more country's will drop  out of the 1961 UN treaties on Narcotics Plus the ruling on Americans for Safe Access  vs  DEA on schedualing of marijuana will find it hard to justified in the face of real science.     Happy Days are Here again

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I may be mistaken, but actually, as a lame duck, Obama really doesn't need to worry much what the voters of CO. think. I'm guessing there will certainly still be huge pressure at the Federal level (think DEA) to nip this in the bud.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

Chances that Eric Holder lets this happen - zero.

 

Welcome to states rights and federalism in the new century

TitusGroan
TitusGroan

And happily for Southwest, 2014 is when the Wright Amendment expires. Dallas to Denver nonstop for $99 baby! Finally a stimulus package I can approve.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Is this that giant sucking sound that Ross Perot was talking about a few years ago?

 

Given how the medical marijuana is grown in CO, there will be new meaning to the phrase Rocky Mountain High ...

 

I have a feeling that there is going to be some righteous chronic in our futures ...

 

I don't know about you, but I am going to look into opening a Denny's or three in CO ...

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@knowa1 I fear marijuana legalization will only be a very worn speed bump to the Mexican cartels. They still have lots of coke, meth, and heroin to move.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @knowa1 Do you think that the DEA and Federal Government are going to stand quietly by as not only a HUGE source of revenue but also a HUGE measure of control of a significant portion of the populace is stripped from them? Not without a fight they won't.

 

We can't even agree on evolution or climate science, what makes you think rational facts will change peoples minds on this particular issue?

 

If you do think that, you are definitely in a Happy Daze. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Colorado is now a Battleground state. No percentage in fussing with the locals on this.

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

 @albert.finney000 When country's start with drawing from the 1961 UN Treaties on Narcotic prohibition will end and that happening now.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@albert.finney000 See above. Obama has no interest in getting into a state's rights conflict.

Mervis
Mervis

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul It's already here. Colorado imports the best weed in to Texas without changing any laws up there.

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

 @primi_timpano  @knowa1 You are correct they have had 25 years to diversify.   But even the Kennedy's  became legit  

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

 @TheCredibleHulk you better believe there will be a fight  thanks to the internet the truth is coming out and the world Cannabis Culture is mobilizing.  with Marijuana  the Prohibition industry will find it hard to justifie  itself

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@primi_timpano - Check the Reuters article today. They have lots of interest. The only states rights he supports is connected with sanctuary cities.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Montemalone @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Buy three super tacos and get a 10% off coupon from the local High Times dispensary.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @knowa1 You're dreaming. They are loathe to let go of that control and will do everything in their still considerable power to maintain it.

 

Along with all of your "internet truth" comes all of the "internet drug war hysteria" peddled to the true believers on the OTHER side. You know that side, the ones with the guns and motivated soccer mom voters and uptight christians, cash strapped municipalitie, etc...

Mervis
Mervis

@Montemalone That spot on 1-10 in west texas is federal checkpoint that comes under homeland security. There are a bunch of them that stretch from Florida to California and were the result of the debacle early in W's presidency.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@primi_timpano - 15 hours on the road to buy a bag of weed?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@albert.finney000 For what? Wasting gas?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @PatrickWilliams  @Montemalone  @JeanValJean Looks like new Hummers in the near future for the State PoPo up there.

 

I'm not sure what'll make them more $$$$, the stoners enjoying a slow cruise back through Palo Duro canyon or the folks driving 100 mph to get to Trinidad miles in 6 hours.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@PatrickWilliams @Montemalone @JeanValJean - Any Texan that makes the long drive for an ounce probably should be arrested

PatrickWilliams
PatrickWilliams moderator

 @Montemalone  @JeanValJean Good call. I'm guessing many vacationers will not want to get pulled over in The Panhandle on the way home, which in about 15 months will probably have the most heavily patrolled roads in the state.

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