Iraq War Vet Makes Colorado's First Pot Purchase...

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Finally some sanity, and hopefully the beginning of the end for the 'War on Drugs.' Adults should have the right to decide whether or not they want to use Drugs. It should have never been a Government issue.


The new year got a little happier for pot smokers in Colorado on Wednesday when retail marijuana outlets began selling marijuana for recreational use.

"Marijuana does not have to be a burden to our communities," said Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. "Today in Colorado we shift marijuana from the underground into a regulated market."

The first sale, orchestrated as a media photo opportunity, was made to Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran who has publicly lobbied for legalization and says pot helps mitigate problems stemming from his post-traumatic stress disorder. Azzariti spent about $60 at 3D Cannabis Center for an eighth of an ounce of "Bubba Kush" and a pot-laden truffle.

"Thanks so much," he said to the cashier.

Aldworth said pot sales in the state are expected to reach $400 million this year. More than $40 million is targeted for public schools. Dozens of shops are opened or will open soon. She spoke of jobs, tax dollars and peace of mind for marijuana smokers.

But for many, the new law is all about fun.

"Honestly, I thought I'd never see the day," said a giddy Errin Reaume of Denver, who shared hits of concentrated marijuana at a 1920s-themed "Prohibition Is Over" party in downtown Denver.

There are, of course, limits. Sales are legal in only seven of the state's 64 counties, and nine municipalities including Denver. And Amendment 64, the state ballot issue that legalized pot, does not allow public pot smoking. Buyers -- and users -- must be at least 21 years old, and purchases are limited to an ounce at a time for state residents, a quarter of an ounce for out-of-state buyers.

Driving while smoking pot is illegal, as is driving under the influence of it. The limit: five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood...

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Now lets just hope Big Brother doesn't find a way to fudge it up. He certainly does have track record of doing that, no? But for now...Congrats Colorado! Free at last! Free at last!
 

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Finally some sanity, and hopefully the beginning of the end for the 'War on Drugs.' Adults should have the right to decide whether or not they want to use Drugs. It should have never been a Government issue.


The new year got a little happier for pot smokers in Colorado on Wednesday when retail marijuana outlets began selling marijuana for recreational use.

"Marijuana does not have to be a burden to our communities," said Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. "Today in Colorado we shift marijuana from the underground into a regulated market."

The first sale, orchestrated as a media photo opportunity, was made to Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran who has publicly lobbied for legalization and says pot helps mitigate problems stemming from his post-traumatic stress disorder. Azzariti spent about $60 at 3D Cannabis Center for an eighth of an ounce of "Bubba Kush" and a pot-laden truffle.

"Thanks so much," he said to the cashier.

Aldworth said pot sales in the state are expected to reach $400 million this year. More than $40 million is targeted for public schools. Dozens of shops are opened or will open soon. She spoke of jobs, tax dollars and peace of mind for marijuana smokers.

But for many, the new law is all about fun.

"Honestly, I thought I'd never see the day," said a giddy Errin Reaume of Denver, who shared hits of concentrated marijuana at a 1920s-themed "Prohibition Is Over" party in downtown Denver.

There are, of course, limits. Sales are legal in only seven of the state's 64 counties, and nine municipalities including Denver. And Amendment 64, the state ballot issue that legalized pot, does not allow public pot smoking. Buyers -- and users -- must be at least 21 years old, and purchases are limited to an ounce at a time for state residents, a quarter of an ounce for out-of-state buyers.

Driving while smoking pot is illegal, as is driving under the influence of it. The limit: five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood...

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A vet made the first purchase? Well then, we know who it wasn't.
 

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Should legalize all illicit drugs. Safety isn't a valid excuse since nicotine and alcohol are both legal. What should it matter how someone gets stupid or kills themselves? Can die drinking a liter of liquor on the spot (or for that matter a gallon of water.) Reason for the prohibition is fairly clear, many of the drugs like marijuana produce calm-inducing peaceful behaviours. Not the kind of thing a country bent on military conquest wants lest another hippy anti-war movement get started. (ducks as a lone corporate gunman's bullet whizzes overhead) ;)
 
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Should legalize all illicit drugs. Safety isn't a valid excuse since nicotine and alcohol are both legal. What should it matter how someone gets stupid or kills themselves? Can die drinking a liter of liquor on the spot (or for that matter a gallon of water.) Reason for the prohibition is fairly clear, many of the drugs like marijuana produce calm-inducing peaceful behaviours. Not the kind of thing a country bent on military conquest wants lest another hippy anti-war movement get started. (ducks as a lone corporate gunman's bullet whizzes overhead) ;)
Well said. Very good points.
 

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Should legalize all illicit drugs. Safety isn't a valid excuse since nicotine and alcohol are both legal. What should it matter how someone gets stupid or kills themselves? Can die drinking a liter of liquor on the spot (or for that matter a gallon of water.) Reason for the prohibition is fairly clear, many of the drugs like marijuana produce calm-inducing peaceful behaviours. Not the kind of thing a country bent on military conquest wants lest another hippy anti-war movement get started. (ducks as a lone corporate gunman's bullet whizzes overhead) ;)
Why legalize something that makes the local governments tons of money in court fees?

Now even though this happened the Federal government can still shut these places down.
 

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It isn't surprising to see a veteran be a drug addict many of them are.
 

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Uh, cocaine, crack, etc are worse than tobacco and booze.

Heck, hard drugs are worse than pot.

When you clowns make such stupid claims, you lose any hope of legalizing pot in other states when people catch on that you want crack sold at 7-11.

You need to explain why Amsterdam is cracking down on drugs in their red light district area because of drug addicts and crime. Oh, but someone like you that has never been there believes you know the truth.

Should legalize all illicit drugs. Safety isn't a valid excuse since nicotine and alcohol are both legal. What should it matter how someone gets stupid or kills themselves? Can die drinking a liter of liquor on the spot (or for that matter a gallon of water.) Reason for the prohibition is fairly clear, many of the drugs like marijuana produce calm-inducing peaceful behaviours. Not the kind of thing a country bent on military conquest wants lest another hippy anti-war movement get started. (ducks as a lone corporate gunman's bullet whizzes overhead) ;)
 
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The law allows cities and counties to pass their own ordinances of prohibition or it would not have passed.
 

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Should legalize all illicit drugs. Safety isn't a valid excuse since nicotine and alcohol are both legal. What should it matter how someone gets stupid or kills themselves? Can die drinking a liter of liquor on the spot (or for that matter a gallon of water.) Reason for the prohibition is fairly clear, many of the drugs like marijuana produce calm-inducing peaceful behaviours. Not the kind of thing a country bent on military conquest wants lest another hippy anti-war movement get started. (ducks as a lone corporate gunman's bullet whizzes overhead) ;)
So your argument is that alcohol and tobacco present problems and we should make these problems worse by allowing other dangerous drugs? Let me know how it works out.
Yeah, an entire state stoned out of its mind. We'll see how happy people are with that, and what it does to public safety.
 

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The law allows cities and counties to pass their own ordinances of prohibition or it would not have passed.
That will work as well as dry counties in southern states. Did someone mention curtailing illegal activity as a plus here? Yeah, that doesnt work either.
 

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I would guess that alcohol is responsible for more death, and misery than any other drug - taking many innocent lives. The biggest detriment associated with pot comes from punitive government actions! People should be able to live their lives how they see fit if they do so responsibly; not placing others in harms way! The war on drugs is a war against Americans; freedom! This dichotomy of pot vrs. booze escapes me - get slobering drunk they call you a cab, get a little pot buzz they call the cops? That vet deserves to smoke all the weed he wants - ooh rah!
 

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