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Legal marijuana in Colorado or Washington
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So the big question is about you know what. The green, the ganja, weed, mary j, you know the topic of marijuana. So for all the people who can legally buy in those states, how is it? I mean it must be pretty cool to just go to a store and buy pot. But is it expensive compared to the streets?
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I live in Washington but I don't do any of that stuff. I haven't heard much about it either from friends or colleagues. But I did hear that it is a lot more expensive to go to a store than going to an individual. Its so expensive since its suppose to be pure or something?
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Colorado resident here. Haven't even come across anyone using it, so must be expensive? Sorry don't use nor do any of my friends so haven't really looked at prices. Still see people with medical marijuana cards around here so must still be cheaper to go that route.
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There still doesn't seem to be anyplace you can buy pot, at least where I live. The Washington State Liquor/Weed Control Board has a year to figure all this stuff out. I know that there are supposed to be four or five places that you can buy marijuana, in my area but they aren't open yet. Until about the beginning of next year I doubt there are going to be many places to buy marijuana. The WSLCB is tasked with setting up all the growing, distribution and sales, so it is gonna be happening later rather than sooner. They have determined the number of stores there can be in an area, (by population), and they have gotten all the people & businesses ready for approval. I guess it's like applying for a liquor license.

Until they have all the details ironed out, you still have to get your dope from some dude on the street.

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The same goes for my hometown and college town. To my knowledge, there are no state licensed retailers in either city. A few shops should be up and running by this summer. I probably won't start smoking again once things pick up because the industry I work in (agriculture) does not look kindly upon weed.


Hikaigin wrote:

I live in Washington but I don't do any of that stuff. I haven't heard much about it either from friends or colleagues. But I did hear that it is a lot more expensive to go to a store than going to an individual. Its so expensive since its suppose to be pure or something?


Ha. No. The state is taxing the hell out of overpriced product. That is why it is expensive. Keep in mind that people are growing, and consumers are buying, a plant. Quality differs based on the growing conditions, resource availability, pest pressure, etc. I have not looked into who is producing the marijuana for the state, but the quality will be similar to or less than what you can get from someone who illegally grows pot in a greenhouse. The quality of the product depends entirely on who is growing it, and how the crop is managed. In that sense, it is exactly the same as the produce you buy at the grocery store.
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Colorado: We have 300 days of sunshine per year, world famous skiing, the fittest population of any U.S. state, an artistic scene that's second only to New York City, the longest street in America, the world's largest flat-top mountain, we invented the cheeseburger, Denver has the largest city park system in the U.S., we had the world's first rodeo, we have the most university degrees AND the most breweries, and we were the only state to turn down the Olympics because of the impact of the pollution it would cause. I don't even know what other awesomeness we have, and what is it that EVERYBODY knows about us? We're the state that gets fucking high.

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Colorado: We have 300 days of sunshine per year, world famous skiing, the fittest population of any U.S. state, an artistic scene that's second only to New York City, the longest street in America, the world's largest flat-top mountain, we invented the cheeseburger, Denver has the largest city park system in the U.S., we had the world's first rodeo, we have the most university degrees AND the most breweries, and we were the only state to turn down the Olympics because of the impact of the pollution it would cause. I don't even know what other awesomeness we have, and what is it that EVERYBODY knows about us? We're the state that gets fucking high.



Hahaha. You have made more than a few valid points here. If I was going to move from Washington, I would be headed for Colorado. One of these days I will find the time to spend a few weeks skiing over there. For me, that is the most attractive prospect.
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Hayagriva wrote:

Colorado: We have 300 days of sunshine per year, world famous skiing, the fittest population of any U.S. state, an artistic scene that's second only to New York City, the longest street in America, the world's largest flat-top mountain, we invented the cheeseburger, Denver has the largest city park system in the U.S., we had the world's first rodeo, we have the most university degrees AND the most breweries, and we were the only state to turn down the Olympics because of the impact of the pollution it would cause. I don't even know what other awesomeness we have, and what is it that EVERYBODY knows about us? We're the state that gets fucking high.



We refer to our Capital as the Mile High City My California relatives seem to think everyone is nuts here thanks to the high profile shootings. Had to remind them that IS high profile because it doesn't happen often, unlike where they live.
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Has anyone noticed that Washington and Colorado were the states whose cities faced off at the Super bowl? Coincidence?
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Arthk wrote:

Has anyone noticed that Washington and Colorado were the states whose cities faced off at the Super bowl? Coincidence?


Yeah at least in our states I don't think anyone interested in the game didn't hear it called the Weed Bowl at least once.
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I live in Washington where there are evergreen trees surrounding the suburban areas. As for the weed, Washington isn't exactly blowing up the whole business. We are only allowing marijuana for medical purposes but we are getting tourist attraction because of that. I pretty sure Colorado is milking that business as well trying to get tourist attraction from. As for the Super Bowl 48 (aka the smokeabowl) well I pretty happy for my Hawks! Coincidence? Well I don't know....
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25 / M / Seattle, WA, USA
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I live in Washington and I've never seen anyone using it. Hope I don't anytime soon tbh.
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Yes, I live in Colorado and I've lived here for over thirty years, so there's that.

While pot is legal here, it's still illegal under federal law. It's also up to each municipality as to whether or not that city will allow the sale of pot within its borders. For example, pot is legal in Denver, but not in Aurora, a city just to the east. Once you cross the border into a different municipality, the local regulations change. You can't take it across state borders and you can't bring it to any of the airports or have it on airport premises. The only place it's really okay to light up a joint is at a private residence where the owner says doing so is okay. You have to be 21 years or older in order to legally purchase recreational marijuana. The same rules that apply to the sale of alcohol and cigarettes also apply to marijuana. In addition, if an establishment such as a restaurant or a coffee shop bans cigarette smoking (and in Colorado, there is a law that prohibits smoking in restaurants and in bars that serve more than the usual 'bar snacks'), it means that rolling a fat one to smoke with dinner won't happen. At the very least, you'll be escorted off the premises. There are more restrictions, including several laws that take aim at driving while stoned (the state patrol and city law enforcement will arrest anyone they suspect of driving while high - it's a DUI) and where dispensaries are allowed to do business (1000 yards away from schools and it has to be sold in child-proof packaging, much like OTC pain meds or prescription meds). Colorado residents can buy up to a full ounce; out-of-state customers can purchase up to a quarter ounce and there WILL be an ID check for age and residency. There are security cameras in all dispensaries, recreational and medical. Just like alcohol, employers can fire you for showing up on the job stoned, whether you got that way legally or not. If you rent, your landlord can forbid you to grow the plants on their property, depending on what's in the lease you sign. There's no smoking on federal land (ie., national parks, national monuments, and national forests).

Medical marijuana remains cheaper than recreational pot, but you have to have a doctor's prescription for it. Medical marijuana goes for, roughly, $250 an oz., vs. $400 or so for an oz of recreational pot, in U.S. Dollars and the higher the quality of the strain, the more you'll pay. That price does not include the taxes (medical marijuana isn't taxed and there are dispensaries that ONLY deal with medical pot, as opposed to mixing the two groups of clientele). If you have a green thumb, you can, as a Colorado citizen aged 21 or over, grow up to six of your own plants for your personal use, which is going to make this year's trip to the gardening center REALLY interesting when I go to get my vegetable starts. I can see a couple of the nurseries getting cute and selling them along with the other herbs (you know, like parsley and tarragon). If smoking the stuff isn't your cup of tea (no pun), then there are plenty of small companies making pot edibles (candies, baked goods, etc.) for consumption.

As far as comparing the price of an oz. of legal pot to the price of pot from a dealer, I think that would vary wildly, depending up on the strain of pot desired, the availability of that strain, the nature of the dealer in question and so on. Right now, almost all legal transactions are in cash, because banks are still reluctant to handle money associated with the sale of controlled substances (again, federal law trumps state or local), though there's been talk of relaxing rules that would allow the dispensaries and grow operations to deal in something other than hard cash.

I've never really been all that impressed with pot *shrugs*. I can think of a thousand and one things I'd rather do with $400 in cash (like buying anime and manga) than buy an oz. of marijuana, legal or not. There have been a few unintended side effects of Amendment 64, such as a boatload of money coming in via pot tourists from other, more conservative states (Utah, Kansas, I'm looking at both of you *winks*) that will help with our state's coffers. Because we have the TABOR Amendment here in CO, which mandates that any surplus in collected state tax revenue be refunded to the taxpayers in general, lawmakers have been trying to figure out if everyone in the state gets money back next year or whether it will go back only to those who aren't too high to keep their receipts in a safe place when they file next year's income taxes. They'll figure something out by autumn, maybe. At a 25% tax rate, plus licensing fees and so on, Colorado's accounts should be looking pretty good by summer. Let's hope the state legislature doesn't do anything too terribly stupid with the cash. Then again, these are elected officials...

As someone of the 'Just Say No to Drugs' generation (yes, the frying pan with the egg commercial was cute, but laughably simplistic as far as the effects of anything other than, say, meth), it's interesting to be able to amble up to a recreational dispensary with a pocket of folded bills and slouch away with a canister of buds. As I was never a real user of it, I can't say that it's changed the color of the beer in my mug (my occasional drug of choice, along with a double shot of espresso most mornings) all that much. It's a non-issue for me, but that doesn't mean that it won't be an issue for others. We'll see how regulating and taxing it goes. Think of it as an experiment Colorado is conducting to see if all of the rhetoric of the pro-pot crowd pans out. So far, there have been no riots, no massive insanity and those who do partake seem to be willing to fork over their cash and pay the taxes on it in exchange for not getting hassled by the police. It also beats tossing them into jail and spending taxpayer money on giving them three hots and a cot for mere possession. As long as you're not walking around with more than an ounce on you, or are underage (this is huge), or doing private dealing, or smoking in a moving vehicle, no one will care.

I give you the information above to let you know the situation and the regulations surrounding the legalized sale of recreational marijuana, per Amendment 64. Hit Google for the official wording of the law passed in 2012. Hope this helps answer your questions.

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Wait a second you live in Vancouver Island and you tell me you don't know how to buy pot. I don't smoke pot but last I check most of the B.C buds cough "exported" to the states is from here Vancouver.



The people in the states know us by a few natural resources. B.C salmon, B.C cranberries, and B.C buds. I don't think they're very interested in anything else to do with B.C
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I live in New Jersey.
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