Colorado Issues 136 Marijuana Business Licenses

Christmas comes early to Colorado....The Denver Post reports the state made history yesterday when it became the first state to issue businesses licenses to sell marijuana for recreational use. So far, 136 licenses were issued. The licensed stores can begin selling pot to adults on January 1.

In addition to the retail licenses, the Post reports Colorado issued licenses for "178 marijuana-cultivation facilities" and "31 marijuana-infused products makers."

Here's a map of the stores that received licenses. Here's an article about one Colorado pot bakery whose business is already booming.

Meanwhile, tickets for pot consumption are up sharply from 2012. The new laws do not allow people to smoke pot in public.

< Pre-Christmas Eve Open Thread | Don't Blow Off ObamaCare >
  • The Online Magazine with Liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news

  • Contribute To TalkLeft

  • Display: Sort:
    I'm (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by lentinel on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 07:20:55 AM EST
    very happy for and envious of the lucky people in Colorado.

    I hope this opus in goodness will spread like wildfire to the other 49 states.

    And if the Feds step in, which I hope they won't, let it be challenged, brought to the supreme Court, and we can hope that the potheads therein will void all of these idiotic, regressive and dangerous laws linked to the unconscionable and misnamed war on drugs.

    strange none in Boulder... (none / 0) (#2)
    by fishcamp on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 07:25:35 AM EST
    I just (none / 0) (#4)
    by lentinel on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 11:19:56 AM EST
    can't figure out what you mean by, "strange none in Boulder"....

    simply that the map shows none. (none / 0) (#5)
    by fishcamp on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 07:46:20 AM EST
    and being a large college town with many athletes I thought they would have a MM store.  

    I'm (none / 0) (#8)
    by lentinel on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 03:36:44 AM EST
    sure this oversight will be corrected if things run smoothly elsewhere.

    I'll bet, in the short-term anyway, that spots in Colorado will become tourist meccas - and unless the boots come in and start tearing things up - other States hungering for some $$$ will suddenly become enlightened.

    The States have already become bookies ("OTB") and numbers-runners ("Lotto"), so it might not be all that long before they will be your friendly neighborhood dealer as well.

    Will we miss the intrigue?
    Don't think so.
    Let's get this over with.


    How exciting... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 09:02:47 AM EST
    Now that's how you ring in the New Year...with hope and joy.  48 states are very very jealous!

    Too bad none of the new shops can open at the stroke of midnight and make a New Years Eve Party out of this happy historical event...8am is soonest due to the regulations for hours of operation.  But I would assume there is no law against starting the line at midnight.

    Bread and circus (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mikado Cat on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 10:11:45 PM EST
    can't hold a candle to weed and internet.

    I do think its the right direction to decriminalize, and hope it works in practice.

    Theory and Practice (none / 0) (#7)
    by Politalkix on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 10:28:18 PM EST

    From the "drugs to not harm people, only people do" file....Snark


    Theory and Practice-2 (none / 0) (#9)
    by Politalkix on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 06:51:09 AM EST

    Theory:Part of the reason for legalizing pot in Uruguay -- one of the safest nations in Latin America -- was to combat the possible drug trafficking from Paraguay, as well as related violence, according to Geoffrey Ramsey, a researcher with the Open Society Institute.
    "In terms of Uruguay, there has been an alarming rise in violent crime, and this is a way to address that, or at least it's being sold that way by the government," he said. "That's going to be a big thing to watch."

    Possibly in Practice: In Paraguay, the official government line is that the Uruguayan legalization will fail because the flow of pot across the border won't stop. That's what Paraguay's drug czar Luis Rojas predicted in August.
    "The situation is not going to change," he told the Spanish-language news agency EFE. "The Uruguayan market is going to receive the marijuana that they produce and they're not going to stop receiving the marijuana produced in Paraguay."
    But is Paraguay's stance on marijuana legalization because they want to prevent trafficking? Or because narcos are so embedded in government?


    this thread is about Colorado (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 08:25:45 PM EST

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Oct 05, 2014 at 01:18:34 PM EST

    SITE VIOLATOR (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Oct 07, 2014 at 06:17:09 PM EST