Colorado Medical Marijuana News
Canada is beginning what it believes will be a $1.3 billionfree market this week to replace the homegrown marijuana production with large-scale quality-controlled marijuana production.
According to government estimates, the new medical marijuana free market could eventually serve upwards of 450,000 Canadians.
“Large indoor marijuana farms [certified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear,” reported Canadian newspaper. “The first sales are expected in the next few weeks, delivered directly by secure courier.”
Large-scale cultivators have begun applying for operation licenses to produce marijuana. One Ontario company hopes to grow marijuana in an old Hershey’s chocolate plant. At least two large-scale cultivators have already received operation licenses. Canada’s large cultivation centers will be similar to thecultivation centers in the United States.
The medical marijuana free market in Canada is expected to establish a price of around $7.60 per gram of dried marijuana.
Apolice official defended the department’s decision to stand down as scores of people smoked marijuana joints at a marijuana giveaway in Civic Center park last week.
Deputy Chief David Quinones said the department wasn’t going to incite a riot over a petty offense.
Hundreds of people got free joints during the event that was organized by opponents of Proposition AA, a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales.
“Public consumption of marijuana is against the law,” said Councilman Charlie Brown at a council meeting. “We should enforce that law. I don’t believe we can pick and choose what part of the city we can enforce the law.”
Brown and fellow councilwoman Jeanne Robb stated that images of people smoking marijuana in public sends a bad message to the world as the Denver prepares to welcome the new retail marijuana industry.
Of Colorado’s 10 largest cities, only Denver is expected to start accepting applications for recreational marijuana stores.
Four major cities already have moratoriums on store applications and four other major cities in Colorado have banned them altogether. That leaves around 20 cities and counties likely to start accepting applications for the recreational marijuana stores. Stores could open as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
The cities expected to allow recreational marijuana stores feature a large number of resort communities such as: Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, and Telluride.
It appears that the recreational marijuana industry in Colorado will be much like theindustry, very oriented.
Pueblo County commissioners have approved a Denver medical marijuana dispensary to open a greenhouse in the east end of the county.
Pueblo is one of the few counties in the state that license medical pot greenhouses.
Many residents say they don’t want to create an export crop. “There were previous grow operations approved” said Commissioner Sal Pace. “This was not a dramatic shift in public policy.”
Pueblo County has approved nine local medicalapplications. Of those, a few included greenhouses, on- and off-site.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was in the United States this week attempting to legalize marijuana by joining pot advocates to urge the United States and Mexico to decriminalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana.
Fox told reporters that legalization is the only way to end the violence by Mexican drug cartels, in which he blames on America’s war on drugs.
Fox stated, “The cost of the war is becoming unbearable – too high for Mexico, for Latin America and for the rest of the world.” Every day, said Fox, 40 people are killed in drug-related violence in Mexico.
The former Mexican President’s position on legalizing marijuana has changed over time from when he cooperated with US efforts to slow down drug production in Mexico during his presidential term from 2000-2006. He has also been increasingly vocal, backing a couple of prior efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico.
Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, opposes marijuana legalization. But he recently stated that he would consider the world’s opinion on the matter, mainly in light of recent voter-approved initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Washington and Colorado.
A survey this week shows that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization, and about half of them support legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
The author of the study was The Partnership at Drugfree.org, which is one of the harshest critics of marijuana use in the United States.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org addressed the growing acceptance of marijuana in the United States in their survey titled “Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?”.
The authors of the study stated, “With marijuana now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington State, for medical use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and effectively decriminalized in 14 states, it’s clear that society’s approach to marijuana is changing dramatically.”
Seventy percent of the study’s respondents said they favorlegalization, while 52 percent favor marijuana decriminalization, and about 42 percent favor legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The Partnership at Drugfree.org interviewed over 1,600 adults, 1,200 of which were parents of children ages 10 to 19.
Support for each of the three legalization scenarios – medical legalization, legalization for recreational use, and decriminalization – increased from 3 to 11 percentage points when respondents were given more details explaining the meaning of each scenario.
Colorado lawmakers hope to pass the first set of recreational marijuana regulations in the country.
The proposed laws involve who can sell it, where it can be sold, to whom, and also will include a new tax. Voters will have to go back to the polls to approve these new regulations.
The taxes on Colorado’s recreational marijuana could be more than 30 percent. “If a patient’s budget is $100 a month on, that’s a $30 to $40 a month increase,” stated one medical marijuana patient.
Although medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, employers in the state can legally fire workers who test positive for the substance, even if they only used it while off-duty.
The Colorado Court of Appeals found no employment protection forusers because the substance remains federally illegal.
“For an activity to be lawful in Colorado, it must be permitted by, and not contrary to, both state and federal law” stated Colorado’s Court of Appeals.
Two Colorado entrepreneurs with experience in the medical marijuana industry have opened the country’s first marijuana tourism company.
My 420 Tours will pick up its visitors/clients at the airport, then connect them to a marijuana-friendly hotel, havegrow tours, hash making demonstrations, and provide visitors with tickets to marijuana-themed . The company’s first official tourism package is built around April 20th.
Marijuana travels will increase through the country.just might become the Amsterdam of America.
The Marijuana Task Force in Colorado issued its final recommendations for how the state should implement Amendment 64. Although, the actual regulations will be made by Colorado’s lawmakers.
The 165-page report released this week included 58 recommendations for the governor and state legislators to review.
Jack Finlaw, the Task Force Co-Chair stated that the report was “very comprehensive” and said that it laid the groundwork for regulations. Finlaw also stated that “The Task Force recommendations will now need to be perfected through the legislative process and rulemakings by various state agencies.”
To view the entire Colorado Marijuana Task Force report: click here