Colorado’s Two Dozen Marijuana Shops Made Over $1 Million On The First Day Of Legalization

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Breaking: Coloradans have legal weed, soon to be very rich. Colorado’s 9NEWS reports:

Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. Pot shop owners across Colorado believe they collectively made more than $1 million statewide.

The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world’s first fully legal marijuana industry – no doctor’s note required (as in 18 states and Washington, D.C.) and no unregulated production of the drug (as in the Netherlands). Uruguay has fully legalized pot but hasn’t yet set up its system.

Colorado had 24 shops open Wednesday, most of them in Denver, and aside from long lines and sporadic reports of shoppers cited for smoking pot in public, there were few problems.

Marijuana skeptics, of course, watched in alarm. They warned that the celebratory vibe in Colorado masked dangerous consequences.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Good job Oregon. We missed out big time.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I was about to say the same thing about California. We would be the ideal weed tourism destination as it is 76 degrees out right now in January. Who wouldn’t want to hang out on the beach and get stoned? We would be so rich it would look like Dubai but without the russian hookers.

      • ÿ

        The only problem with Prop 19 was the inevitable Monsanto Weed that would have destroyed the industry infrastructure that exists now. We can at least take solace that more people voted for it than voted for Meg Whitman for governor.

      • Cortacespedes

        I predict California will legalize this year.

        For 2014, the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative has been cleared by the state attorney general to circulate petitions. Organizers will need more than 500,000 valid signatures from registered voters by Feb. 24 to qualify for the November 2014 general election ballot.

        The initiative, which calls for decriminalization of all hemp and cannabis use for those over age 21, is the most advanced among at least four current efforts to get legalization of marijuana on the California ballot again.

        A Field Poll released in December said that when respondents were read a summary of a proposed initiative, 56 percent said they would support it and 39 percent said they would be opposed. Five percent were undecided.

        But then again, WTF inland empire?

        • Juan

          I have mixed feeling about this legalization business. My fear is that weed will get Walmarted. Then all the small independent growers will get totally destroyed by corporate weed.
          Hopefully there will still be a niche for small boutique-type or artisanal growers.

          • Cortacespedes

            I trust Californians know how to deal with this and farmers markets will flourish. But I think the best idea is quality DIY homegrown.

          • ÿ

            For some Californians, that’s probably a safe assumption. As for others…

            “oh hey! walmart has that wacky tabacky now too? boy howdy, them liberal sumbitches!” At which point they buy a pack and are faithful customers for life.

            Look what happened to the tobacco plant. They’ve got a real nice parking lot ready and waiting to go if California “legalizes” it.

          • Cortacespedes

            California, in my opinion, has a more sophisticated level of weed connoisseur than your average state. It also has a history of cultivation. These two things combined will help ensure that a “walmartification” on a grand scale will not take place. I think the worst that could happen is perhaps a “Trader Joe-ification”, where a grower will come up with the pot equivalent of the “two-buck chuck”.

            There are just too many people who will insist on a quality product.

            And if Joe-Smoe from bumfuck Fontana wants to smoke Walmart oregano, let him have at it.

          • Juan

            I’m not so sanguine about our fellow Californians. I hope you’re right.
            Agreed about the DIY. It’s really a fun hobby too, if you have the proper space.

          • echar

            People would be better off growing their own. It’s reasonably easy to harness great results, in theory.

          • ÿ

            I share your concerns, Juan.

            Personally, I’d prefer to wait out prohibition until inland empire is under water. I’ll lay odds on 50 years?

          • jabtano

            Look out the great state of New Hampshire is also on the edge of making it legal.

          • thinkingforyourself

            the small independent growers are the ones who are keeping pot illegal in places and theyre the cause of prices that are completely ridiculous. Pot could still easily and profitably be sold for 10$ a four finger lid. But the greed in the industry is criminal, theyre used to being a black market and thinking pot should cost as much as gold.

          • Juan

            Up vote for “four finger lid.”:) I remember those: too bad was shitty weed.
            While I agree that the prices at the dispensaries are way too high, the possibility of corporate weed is something only corporations are looking forward to.
            A has been mentioned here, your best bet is to simply grow your own.

  • DeepCough

    It is not with Science or Constitutionality that the War on Drugs shall cease;
    it is with Profit that shall hammer the final nail in the coffin of Prohibition!

  • nedmorlef

    as i type this i have a sheriff in my shrubbery looking for my deed. anything is better than that.

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