Denver Has More Marijuana Dispensaries Than Starbucks Coffee Shops

Medical MarijuanaIs this going to be old news very fast, with Denver just the first major American city to see the light? Report from thedaily.com:

DENVER — The Mile High City is getting higher all the time.

There are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks. Glossy guidebooks list nearly 300 locations where Colorado’s 125,000 residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana can get their “medicine.” Many offer a free joint to new customers, allowing them to sample exotic strains like Jah Kush, Golden Goat and Romulan Cotton Candy.

Local smokers even have a professional critic to help them navigate the gauntlet of bongs, pipes and vaporizers, or make that essential choice between Super Silver Haze and Purple Passion.

The critic’s pen name is William Breathes; he keeps his real identity secret to ensure he gets the same treatment as any other patient.

His weekly weed purchase is paid for by the Denver Westword, the popular alternative weekly that hired Breathes after its editors realized they were serving one of the most stoned readerships in America.

“It’s a fun new writing area,” Westword editor Patricia Calhoun told The Daily, “and if your publication prides itself on doing strong cultural coverage of art, theater and food, then why not do pot, too?”…

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  • Marklar_Prime

    Could have been a nice article if the jackass “author” hadn’t insisted on revealing his bias by using quotes around the word “medicine”.

    • KxBk6U

      I noticed that. too

    • Narwhalnecropsy

      I didn’t know making a true statement was using bias. Last time I checked, marijuana IS a medicine. In fact, it has more medicinal uses than any other plant on earth. Sure it’s also a drug, but when you get a cough, what do most people do? They go to the store and buy “cold medicine” and procede to do meth or opiates for 3 days.

      • Marklar_Prime

        The point is that the author is using quotes unnecessarily and inappropriately to simply call it medicine. By using quotes he is indicating that while others may call it medicine he is of a different opinion. If he recognized it as being medicine himself he would have no grammatical or artistic need to put the word in quotes.

        To use your own analogy if somebody referred to my grandfather’s “cold medicine” you could be pretty sure that they were probably trying to hint that their grandfather was actually drinking some sort of liquor but often called it cold medicine in order to preserve his reputation around the children or others he wanted to hide his addiction from. They would certainly NOT mean an over the counter or prescription cold remedy in such a case.

        • Tokingfire

          Okay dude, I’m gonna prescribe you an eighth of Juicy Fruit for being an “anal retentive grammarian.”

        • Guest

          ^ Grammar Nazi !

          Also, many ppl just choose Marijuana and have no medical need for it. Yes, everyone understands the debate was a farce and the science is in, it has massive medicinal implications, but always going to that angle does nothing for the fact this is really about personal freedom and freedom from oppression by the  Christian religion in the US.

          • Brent B

            It’s not an issue of grammar. The author’s use is grammatically correct, nor is Marklar criticizing his grammar. He’s taking offense with the deliberate use of grammatically correct quotation marks to indicate a tone of sarcasm/skepticism.

            Example:

            Sure, marijuana is “medicine.”

            —- In this example quotation marks are not being used to quote a source, but rather to indicate that the author is only using the popular term, not the term that describes it best (in his opinion anyway). In other words, by using quotation marks, the author is saying that he does not feel that marijuana is medicine and that it should not be called medicine. —

            If you’re going to call him anything, call him a Reading Comprehension Nazi.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Could have been a nice article if the jackass “author” hadn’t insisted on revealing his bias by using quotes around the word “medicine”.

  • Malk

    that’s fuckin sweet, lol….
    here in Japan they still treat marijuana the same as a syringe full of heroin straight to the heart.
    =[

    smoking three packs a day and getting drunk off your ass is A-OK though!!
    =[

  • Malk

    that’s fuckin sweet, lol….
    here in Japan they still treat marijuana the same as a syringe full of heroin straight to the heart.
    =[

    smoking three packs a day and getting drunk off your ass is A-OK though!!
    =[

  • KxBk6U

    I noticed that. too

  • Guest

    Medical arguments aside, the “Drug War” is and only ever was a “Civil War” on Personal Freedom, from Church to State.

    It’s High Time to make a Joint effort to take this county (and The World) back from the Church. The ones that have Hi-Jacked our Destiny and are “Hell Bent” to end the exploration of divine Inner and Outer Space.

    No Religion, Know Peace

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748182869 Josh Davis

      While I’m about the most irreligious person out there. I must disagree with that statement. It was not the church that started the war it was Hearst publishing. Also the government at that time re-legalized booze. So the people that we’re the booze police needed jobs. Cannabis offered an easy target as it was catching on around 1935. So congress passed shoddy tax bill. It was not until about 1968 the clergy supported this so heavily. They linked it with the countercultural movement. Thus forming a large section of the silent majority. Which later gave birth to the religious right. I think Reagan really affirmed this and made it a strong moral issue around 1980 when he ran for president. So the church really wasn’t to blame. Sadly we had to make a demon out of naturally growing substances in the name of keeping a few branches of what later became the dea open. Historically the church has only had issues with alcohol as they we’re not hip to various other shamanistic substances.

      • DeepCough

        WRONG! The War on Drugs is religiously motivated, because Prohibition was religiously motivated by ultraconservative Protestants preaching the unrealistic policy of abstentionism; and when you look up how “Reefer Madness” caught fire, one of the many arguments that were made were, “Marihuana [sic] has its roots in Hell!” Furthermore, Hearst was a very minor player–at best, a propagandist—in the War on Drugs that started in the 1930’s: the King Douche title for that bullshit goes to the primordial Drug Czar himself, Harry J. Anslinger, whose ghost continues to haunt drug policy to this very day.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thrasymachus-Pyrrho-Gorgias/100002345722355 Thrasymachus Pyrrho Gorgias

          Religion is a pretext, it is politically motivated. All governments are gangs of thugs and murderers run to exploit us, and the democratic-egalitarian religion is just as delusional and absurd as Christianity.

          Secular Humanism just replaces God with Man; both are nothing to me, ghosts, wheels in the head. I serve myself and myself alone and have no care for piety or ‘human rights’.

  • Guest

    Medical arguments aside, the “Drug War” is and only ever was a “Civil War” on Personal Freedom, from Church to State.

    It’s High Time to make a Joint effort to take this county (and The World) back from the Church. The ones that have Hi-Jacked our Destiny and are “Hell Bent” to end the exploration of divine Inner and Outer Space.

    No Religion, Know Peace

  • DeepCough

    “More medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks.”

    That’s what I call “poetic justice.”

  • DeepCough

    “More medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks.”

    That’s what I call “poetic justice.”

  • GoodDoktorBad

    After you visit the dispensary, you’ll need the coffee….

  • Anonymous

    After you visit the dispensary, you’ll need the coffee….

  • Narwhalnecropsy

    I didn’t know making a true statement was using bias. Last time I checked, marijuana IS a medicine. In fact, it has more medicinal uses than any other plant on earth. Sure it’s also a drug, but when you get a cough, what do most people do? They go to the store and buy “cold medicine” and procede to do meth or opiates for 3 days.

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    The point is that the author is using quotes unnecessarily and inappropriately to simply call it medicine. By using quotes he is indicating that while others may call it medicine he is of a different opinion. If he recognized it as being medicine himself he would have no grammatical or artistic need to put the word in quotes.

    To use your own analogy if somebody referred to my grandfather’s “cold medicine” you could be pretty sure that they were probably trying to hint that their grandfather was actually drinking some sort of liquor but often called it cold medicine in order to preserve his reputation around the children or others he wanted to hide his addiction from. They would certainly NOT mean an over the counter or prescription cold remedy in such a case.

  • Tokingfire

    Okay dude, I’m gonna prescribe you an eighth of Juicy Fruit for being an “anal retentive grammarian.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748182869 Josh Davis

    While I’m about the most irreligious person out there. I must disagree with that statement. It was not the church that started the war it was Hearst publishing. Also the government at that time re-legalized booze. So the people that we’re the booze police needed jobs. Cannabis offered an easy target as it was catching on around 1935. So congress passed shoddy tax bill. It was not until about 1968 the clergy supported this so heavily. They linked it with the countercultural movement. Thus forming a large section of the silent majority. Which later gave birth to the religious right. I think Reagan really affirmed this and made it a strong moral issue around 1980 when he ran for president. So the church really wasn’t to blame. Sadly we had to make a demon out of naturally growing substances in the name of keeping a few branches of what later became the dea open. Historically the church has only had issues with alcohol as they we’re not hip to various other shamanistic substances.

  • Guest

    ^ Grammar Nazi !

    Also, many ppl just choose Marijuana and have no medical need for it. Yes, everyone understands the debate was a farce and the science is in, it has massive medicinal implications, but always going to that angle does nothing for the fact this is really about personal freedom and freedom from oppression by the  Christian religion in the US.

  • Mile High 420

    Suck it Amsterdam!

  • Mile High 420

    Suck it Amsterdam!

  • DeepCough

    WRONG! The War on Drugs is religiously motivated, because Prohibition was religiously motivated by ultraconservative Protestants preaching the unrealistic policy of abstentionism; and when you look up how “Reefer Madness” caught fire, one of the many arguments that were made were, “Marihuana [sic] has its roots in Hell!” Furthermore, Hearst was a very minor player–at best, a propagandist—in the War on Drugs that started in the 1930’s: the King Douche title for that bullshit goes to the primordial Drug Czar himself, Harry J. Anslinger, whose ghost continues to haunt drug policy to this very day.

  • Brent B

    It’s not an issue of grammar. The author’s use is grammatically correct, nor is Marklar criticizing his grammar. He’s taking offense with the deliberate use of grammatically correct quotation marks to indicate a tone of sarcasm/skepticism.

    Example:

    Sure, marijuana is “medicine.”

    —- In this example quotation marks are not being used to quote a source, but rather to indicate that the author is only using the popular term, not the term that describes it best (in his opinion anyway). In other words, by using quotation marks, the author is saying that he does not feel that marijuana is medicine and that it should not be called medicine. —

    If you’re going to call him anything, call him a Reading Comprehension Nazi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thrasymachus-Pyrrho-Gorgias/100002345722355 Thrasymachus Pyrrho Gorgias

    Smoke weed every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thrasymachus-Pyrrho-Gorgias/100002345722355 Thrasymachus Pyrrho Gorgias

    Smoke weed every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thrasymachus-Pyrrho-Gorgias/100002345722355 Thrasymachus Pyrrho Gorgias

    Religion is a pretext, it is politically motivated. All governments are gangs of thugs and murderers run to exploit us, and the democratic-egalitarian religion is just as delusional and absurd as Christianity.

    Secular Humanism just replaces God with Man; both are nothing to me, ghosts, wheels in the head. I serve myself and myself alone and have no care for piety or ‘human rights’.

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