How Pot Became Legal in Colorado and Washington

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Looks like the “counterculture” shoe is on the other foot. Pot is going mainstream. Here’s how it happened:

Via Christian Science Monitor:

In the late-1980s heyday of the anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign, a man calling himself “Jerry” appeared on a Seattle talk radio show to criticize U.S. marijuana laws.

An esteemed businessman, he hid his identity because he didn’t want to offend customers who — like so many in those days — viewed marijuana as a villain in the ever-raging “war on drugs.”

Now, a quarter century later, “Jerry” is one of the main forces behind Washington state’s successful initiative to legalize pot for adults over 21. And he no longer fears putting his name to the cause: He’s Rick Steves, the travel guru known for his popular guidebooks.

“It’s amazing where we’ve come,” says Steves of the legalization measures Washington and Colorado voters approved last month. “It’s almost counterculture to oppose us.”

A once-unfathomable notion, the lawful possession and private use of pot, becomes an American reality this week when this state’s law goes into effect. Thursday is “Legalization Day” here, with a tote-your-own-ounce celebration scheduled beneath Seattle’s Space Needle — a nod to the measure allowing adults to possess up to an ounce of pot. Colorado’s law is set to take effect by Jan. 5.

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18 Comments on "How Pot Became Legal in Colorado and Washington"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | Dec 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    I love you Colorado and Washington! Anyone know how much it costs there? for a gram, 3 or 7?

    • "Big" Richard Johnson | Dec 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

      Despite being a WA native and occasional smoker, I don’t actually know…

    • 3 or 7? Dollars?

      • MJ Expert | Dec 4, 2012 at 9:42 am |

        He might be talking an 1/8th or 1/4 which is 3.5 grams & 7 grams. He says, “Anyone know how much it costs there? for a gram, 3 or 7?” Which could mean; “Anyone know how much it costs there? for a gram, an 18th or a quarter?”

    • DeepCough | Dec 4, 2012 at 12:35 am |
      The site rates weed in WA and CO at “$0-300” an ounce, depending on quality, not taking into account proximity to Canada and recent legislation. You’ll notice the further westward you go, the cheaper (and more legal) it is.

      • Allen Grief | Dec 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

        That site is pure BS.

        I’ve been around the whole country buying MJ and those prices are not accurate in the slightest.

        • DeepCough | Dec 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

          Nope, no BS: you come here to the East Coast, expect to get ripped the fuck off.

          • i live on the e. coast and pay 15-20 per gram of all great varieties.

          • West_Coast_Burner | Dec 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

            How can something that literally ‘grows on trees’ be so expensive.. Us west coast people pay ~$900 a LB, $100 a Z. It’s a shame it’s that expensive on the east coast, I feel for ya bro! I’d mail ya some if I knew ya, got some skywalker OG for $850/lb… 😉

          • “I’d mail ya some if I knew ya, got some skywalker OG for $850/lb… ;-)”

            That would go for $20-25 a gram minimum over here. But then again, whoever is bringing it cross-country is risking federal trafficking charges, so I can’t say I blame them for wanting to make it worth their while.

            p.s. We get hosed over the price. We know. Is spiking the ball and doing an “In Yer Face” dance really necessary? (sarcasm)

    • MJ Expert | Dec 4, 2012 at 9:37 am |

      Prices vary so greatly across the nation. In southern CA an ounce of amazing bud can go for up to $300 but is usually around $200-250. In Northern CA an ounce of amazing bud goes for around $100. In places like MA and NY an ounce of amazing bud can go as high as $500, with typical prices around $300. This is all medical-grade I’m talking about. I don’t fuck around with commercial bud or “Kind Bud” which is shit to me. If you were to buy a gram (which is just silly) the general prices across the nation are $15-20. I hope in Colorado & Washington the prices will fall and the rest of the country will follow.

    • Josh Brandon | Dec 4, 2012 at 9:49 am |

      I imagine prices will be around the same as the market demands now. $10-20 a gram, $40-60 an 1/8th, $80-100 a quarter. Those are the usual prices I pay now for medical-grade pot.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Dec 4, 2012 at 12:46 am |

    And goddamned Oregon didn’t pass it! God damn it!

    • BuzzCoastin | Dec 4, 2012 at 3:14 am |

      from a distance Oregon looks like a bastion of 60’s radicalism
      but everything that’s news coming out of Oregon says something to the contrary

      • Anarchy Pony | Dec 4, 2012 at 11:23 am |

        Well the valley and the metro area is full of basic boring mainstream liberal yuppies and ex yuppies, and everywhere east of the cascades is full of reactionary right wing pricks.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Dec 4, 2012 at 3:16 am |

    how amazing
    two states legally ratified God’s right to create a plant that makes people happy
    could legalizing sex between consenting adults be far behind?

  4. dudemedu | Dec 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm |

    The CSM has been the most rabid prohibitionist organ of the media for decades. They are owned by the same tax-dodging freaks that run those Christian Science Reading rooms. Fuck them.

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