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It's the money, Lebowski!

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Colorado will soon learn that pot is not like alcohol in that a still in the back yard is a major undertaking compared to some plants in the basement. If possession is legal will they really be able to prevent the proliferation of supply seeking to cash in by avoiding the taxes they think will be so lucrative. Can employers prevent doped up employees from injuring themselves and others on the job if pot is legal. How soon before a breathalyzer for doped driving is invented. Our tort attorneys make millions suing bars that overserve alcohol when crashes happen, how about the pot store. More questions than anwers.

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Oh, yes, indeedy, Mr. Bardoe, the sky is falling! Or is that just your bigoted hair on fire? Why don't you just relax a bit with a nice cocktail (make it a double!) and a pack of Virginia Slims?

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There are many legal sustances that have no control in the states with the same effect

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For increasingly numbers of Americans, it would seem that getting high has become more important than getting a life. Perhaps someday in the not-too-distant future the only survivors will be members of the Mormon church, who don't even touch caffeinated beverages, let alone cigarettes and alcohol.

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Great. There was already a long line in front of a shop that sells marijuana today.

This will create legitimate jobs, farmers, distribution and retail shops.

Users will pay sales taxes to the government and revenue goes to legal entities instead of drug cartel from Mexico or Colombia.

Now police officers can focus on serious crimes and we don't need to waste any space in prisons to keep marijuana dealers, which are already too crowded.

Let's hope more states will follow Colorado

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I saw a photo of a receipt from a customer whom had just purchased his weed legally. It read "3.5 Grams - $40" then there was tax. I hate to say but 3.5 grams is cheaper if you buy it from a street vendor and there will be no tax. As the article said it will be a legal big business in the near future.

I read an aritcle that in which a grower stated, because of the size of his business, it cost him about $30 an ounce to produce. Which is 8 times 3.5 grams so in other words people are going to make a killing and will be millionaires in less than a year. I live in Washington State (it is legal here too) in the South East corner which is a huge farming area and already there has been more than one farming company that has applied to grow it in massive quantities. One goes where the money is....

There is already a joke out about Colorado's new State Motto which is..."Have you ever looked at your hand....I mean really looked at it?"

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Marijuana, and drugs for that matter, it is for those who want to live out of reality in a World of illusion. Now I have to find more conservative states that might not contemplate legalizing in the near future. Drinking is not bad, getting drunk is bad. I believe once you smoke it it will cause you to feel drunk, so that makes it a bad choice.

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@avigator

So you want the freedom to purchase military style rifles that could kill (and have killed) many people in a few minutes but you are against legalizing marijuana, which many people are already smoking with no side effect and have not killed people like AR15 ?

That makes absolutely no sense

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Aaaah, I am " Pro-Weed " and Anti-Killing loads of people with my AK-47 ( contrary to popular belief, owning an "Assult Rifle " does mot INFECT you to want to " Go out and SHOOT lots of people " ), but just WHERE exactly do you get the AR-15 into Avigator's hands for him to "Shoot lots of People "? " Inquiring Minds Want to KNOW ".

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What makes much more sense is fully legalising the process from production to usage by the individual, like that little South American nation recently did. THAT would take the wind out of the sails of the black marketers. Of course, it wouldn't provide a plug nickel to the tax-hungry gubermint, so that'll never happen. At this point, it's still cheaper to get the illegal kind. When the legal kind is cheaper and easier to get, then it'll put the drug cartels out of business.

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More U.S. states could follow Colorado lead on marijuana

My state was totally bragging about how it was gonna follow Colorado - but when I asked about it the next morning, it was all like, "What?"

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"Law enforcement agencies have also voiced concern, with the International Association of Chiefs of Police warning of a potential upsurge in fatal traffic accidents due to “drugged driving.”

Guess the proponents of legalizing pot didn't consider that possibility.

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Hide Suzuki, love it when people create a list beginning and ending with "1." Used to do that when I was stoned.

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Insurance companies are already dropping the insurance for contractors in Colorado, it will be hell for bushiness's to get the insurance they need to operate. Employer's have the right to not hire suspected legal user's. I for one don't mind if my employee's smoke marijuana, as long as they perform well, and are on time, and don't come to work stoned. I feel better about it than if they were to come in drunk, or hung over. I never heard of a "mary jane " hangover? So let it be...

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I think America is already Dopey enough, already , thank you! If the Dumming down of America in our schools wasn't bad enough, now the stoners will lead the charge into oblivion!- Drugs Suck.

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@Laguna

"love it when people create a list beginning and ending with "1." "

Read it again, I did no such thing, it ends with a 3.

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T-MackJan. 04, 2014 - 01:01AM JST

Insurance companies are already dropping the insurance for contractors in Colorado

No, it has to go through State Insurance Commission, it is not true.

In contrary, this state is the most successful state for healthcare issues, thus, major insurance providers want to stay.

For years, Colorado has been the thinnest state in the nation. The partnership; the public, private, individual sectors, is really working together here. Most hospitals in major cities are among the best 500 US hospitals including the top trauma medical facility in US. Colorado is filled with young energetic outdoor loving progressive forward thinkers. We recognized the healthcare issue has to be the top priority many decades ago to keep up with a quality of life.

A QUALITY OF LIFE IS JOB #1 IN COLORADO.

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Yeah, mile high city will be known for folks who want to be a mile higher. Other people voted this into law... I was (and never will be) for it. But as I've repeatedly said, make the choices and deal with the consequences. 10-15 years and we'll see how well things go.

Already landlords who rent out are going to charge extra if anyone smokes anything (anyone know how hard it is to get the color and smell of carbon monoxide, tar, etc just from cigarettes? In the apartment that I live in the landlord has to replace the air filters EVERY MONTH, for all the smokers in the building. Now they're going to have to deal with MJ smoke smelling up the carpet, residue on the walls, curtains, and blinds.

Oh, and by the way the age of 21 is being laughed at by the teens that are getting their hands on it a lot easier than alcohol. First day alone the cops were busy telling the idiot tokers that just because its legal doesn't mean you sit and toke in public areas. They're as equally inconsiderate of others "air" space as most smokers here. I'm just sitting here watching the consequences and sighing (if I can get a gulp of fresh air that is...)

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Honest the war on drugs is over and it was lost. Sure there will be problems but it is always true. As to buying it illegal to get cheaper it is like buying moonshine vs legal safe alcohol. Lastly you do not have to smoke it.

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HonestDictatorJan. 04, 2014 - 04:11AM JST

Already landlords who rent out are going to charge extra if anyone smokes anything (anyone know how hard it is to get the color and smell of carbon monoxide, tar, etc just from cigarettes? In the apartment that I live in the landlord has to replace the air filters EVERY MONTH, for all the smokers in the building. Now they're going to have to deal with MJ smoke smelling up the carpet, residue on the walls, curtains, and blinds

Geez, this is something we, home owners, never thought about when we voted for it.

It is just disgusting - a smell of alcohol, weed, cigarette, bacon grease and fried eggs all mixed together. YIKES. A quality of life goes down (as listed above) and get home sick very quickly.

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Lastly you do not have to smoke it.

That's what people have been saying about cigarette smoke until they figured out second hand smoke does affect others... E-cigs were a boon to me because someone can get their fix and I didn't have to inhale their choices. If they make E-weed, then again people could almost do everything they want (except DUI) and I wouldn't give a damn unless they get behind the wheel of something or other.

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" Already landlords who rent out are going to charge extra if anyone smokes anything…"

And rightly so! If a renter causes unnecessary damage or requires additional cleaning, maintenance, or repair above norm, then it's the owner's prerogative to recoup the costs of said expenses. That's true whether due to smoking, pets, anything else.

Other states should also fully legalise .

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The state I live in plans on contuning the proper enforcement; prison time for all convicted dope fiends.

RR

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Guess the proponents of legalizing pot didn't consider that possibility.

If you had read up on it, you would find that both Colorado and Washington have been putting a lot of consideration into how to deal with this.

anyone know how hard it is to get the color and smell of carbon monoxide, tar, etc just from cigarettes?

Smokers often smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day. Marijuana smokers are (almost never) smoking anything even remotely near this quantity. The walls aren't likely to turn green from marijuana smokers. Marijuana smoke also, for whatever reason, doesn't linger like cigarette smoke. Back when I used to smoke as a teenager, I got busted from smoking cigarettes in the house even 5-6 hours afterwards, because of the lingering smoke. I could smoke marijuana in the house up to an hour before my mom came home without worry though.

That all said, landlords should have every right to make their properties non-smoking.

The state I live in plans on contuning the proper enforcement; prison time for all convicted dope fiends.

Sounds like a right crap place to live.

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" proper enforcement; prison time for all convicted dope fiends."

Sounds like a propaganda one-liner fresh from "Reefer Madness!" Oh, wait, wasn't that part of the McCarthyist nutjob movement?

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romeo

The state I live in plans on contuning the proper enforcement; prison time for all convicted dope fiends.

Maybe not all. Even though whites use marijuana as much as blacks, blacks are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for doing so.

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Sounds like a right crap place to live.

It is if you are a dope fiend.

RR

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