The long lines on legalization day indicated that thousands of people who had bought cannabis on the black market were finally willing to stand in public, where anyone can see them, and in essence, declare themselves as cannabis users.
What is up with the media and marijuana? Recreational cannabis went on sale in Colorado on Jan. 1, support for decriminalization is crescendoing, and the mainstream, especially on the right, has gone totally batshit crazy.
Let’s just say the days of “buying pot” are over. When you enter a retail sales outlet, you’ll be introduced to the new world of cannabis. Just like at McGuckin or any great retail outlet, knowledgeable bud tenders will assist you in negotiating the landscape and help you find just what you’re looking for.
In just five days from the publication date of this column, if you are over 21 years of age, have a driver’s license and are able to find a retail store open, you will be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use in Colorado.
“I wasn’t paying a lot of attention, and almost immediately juries came back with a not-guilty verdict," said Garnett. "Some jurors actually came down afterwards and asked me why I was wasting their time.”
Will tourists soon be able to purchase marijuana legally but not have anywhere to consume it except perhaps in the alley behind the trash cans? Can marijuana tourism co-exist with more traditional Colorado boosterism?
In less than a month, Colorado and Washington will open the first adult recreational marijuana markets in history. Which brings up an interesting question. Will there be enough product to supply this emerging consumer base?
From what we have found out since then — and I’m writing this on the morning of Nov. 25 — it appears that the raids were focused on certain individuals whom the Justice Department suspects broke one or more of the guidelines.
In its last official gathering on Nov. 12, the late Boulder City Council approved a set of regulations and rules governing the sale of retail cannabis to adults inside the city of Boulder. If good legislation is the kind where nobody comes away completely happy, then this was a success.