9 Things to Know Before Smoking Marijuana (Legally) in Colorado

We're only a few hours into the New Year, but one thing can be said with a high degree of certainty: 2014 will go down in history books as the year that marijuana began its official nationwide trek toward legality.

As you read this, lines have formed at hundreds of marijuana dispensaries throughout Colorado, which, along with Washington, became the first states on Wednesday to allow the sale of cannabis for recreational use. Smoking a joint is now legally indistinguishable from drinking a beer in these two states -- absent, of course, federal law.

For those of you that have decided to partake in this watershed event -- for better or for worse -- here is a list of nine things that you should know before lighting up in Colorado.

1. Is marijuana really legal in Colorado?

The answer to this is both yes and no. From a state law standpoint, it is now legal to buy, possess, and consume marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. From a federal standpoint, however, all of these activities are still illegal, as cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug (meaning that it has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse").

The good news (at least for those of you interested in partaking in this newfound freedom) is that the federal government isn't likely to get involved. In August, the U.S. Department of Justice published the so-called Cole memorandum (link opens PDF), laying out eight "enforcement priorities," beyond which it will defer to state and local law enforcement agencies to "address marijuana enforcement of their own narcotics laws."

As a result, so long as you don't distribute it to minors, transport it across state lines, drive while under the influence, possess it on federal property, or run afoul of the other priorities laid out in the Cole memorandum, then it seems safe to assume that adherence to Colorado's laws (covered below) will likely shield you from legal problems.

2. Who can buy weed in Colorado?

Starting Jan. 1, anybody over the age of 21 (with a valid government-issued photo identification) can walk into a licensed dispensary and purchase marijuana.

3. Where can you buy it?

Only licensed retail dispensaries are allowed to sell marijuana in Colorado. Fear not, however, as there are a growing number of these across the state.

According to recent figures, the Marijuana Enforcement Division, the governmental agency tasked with regulating the industry, has issued 136 recreational licenses to retail stores throughout the state.

The official list of qualified retail locations is available here (link opens PDF). Additionally, here is a map of the both medical and recreational dispensaries throughout Colorado.

4. How much can you buy?

This depends on whether or not you're a Colorado resident.

If you are, then you can buy up to an ounce per visit for recreational use -- the limit is two ounces for holders of a medical marijuana card. If you aren't, then you're limited to a quarter of an ounce per visit.

Given that you could make multiple visits in a single day, in turn, the more pertinent question concerns how much you can legally possess. The answer to this question is one ounce.

5. How much does marijuana cost in Colorado?

This is likely to change around the turn of the year as the new recreational laws take effect. If demand soars as some are predicting, then the price will likely rocket higher due to limited supply.

Either way, initial estimates suggest that recreational marijuana will start out selling for between $50 and $60 per eighth of an ounce after taxes. By comparison, because medical marijuana isn't subject to the same 25% in additional excise and sales taxes, it will likely sell for a considerable discount to recreational cannabis.

6. Where can you smoke it?

As a general rule, you're allowed to consume marijuana on private, but not public, property. Beyond that, it's up to local municipalities to dictate consumption rules.

In Denver, for instance, marijuana can be consumed on private property so long as the use isn't done "openly or publicly." This precludes public transportation, schools, sporting venues, parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, and roads, among other places.

7. Can you also grow it yourself?

Yes. Adult residents of Colorado are allowed to grow up to six plants in their home. However, no more than three can be in the flowering stage at any one time, and there can be no more than 12 plants at a single residence, regardless of the number of occupants.

8. What's in it for Colorado?

The short answer is: tax revenue. In the most recent fiscal year, Colorado generated $9.1 million in retail sales tax from the sale of medical marijuana. This figure is bound to surge with the introduction of recreational sales and the additional 25% in excise and sales taxes thereon in 2014.

Beyond this, the industry generates millions of dollars every year for the state from licensing and application fees. To apply for and obtain a license to run a medical marijuana facility serving more than 500 patients, for instance, the necessary application and license fees alone approach $40,000.

9. Where does all of the legal weed come from?

Under the current laws of Colorado, all of the marijuana sold in the state must be grown there as well -- this, as a side note, follows similarly from the federal proscription on interstate distribution of controlled substances. As a result, there's a growing industry of marijuana farmers that's sprouted up throughout the state.

While the size of each operation varies -- ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of square feet -- the only thing they all have in common is growth. "We can't grow the stuff fast enough to sell it," a local cannabis cultivator told me during a tour of his facilities.

The Foolish bottom line

At this point, whether you agree or disagree with the decision in Colorado and Washington to legalize the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use, the one thing that seems certain is that this trend has only just begun.

"The only thing more addictive than illegal drugs is tax revenue," John Paul Maxfield, a Denver resident and the founder of Waste Farmers (who's also my cousin), told me.

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  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:08 AM, 2smartforlibs wrote:

    One thing you pot smokers didn't count on it If you hold any kind of federal license you better pass on the pot of you will lose it

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:16 AM, cca1964 wrote:

    (1) Tax

    (2) MORE Tax

    (3) Even MORE Tax !

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:23 AM, yuriknolls wrote:

    happy acres funny farmers

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:23 AM, zeke8828 wrote:

    gee, I'm gonna have to move to Colorado to grow weed so I can sell it in Ohio to pay off BANK OF AMERICA!(they don't deserve large caps).BoA tried to wrongly foreclose on my house,after telling my wife they would give her a loan modification, a year and a half later..a county Judge threw the foreclosure out of court. The Banks attorneys failed to show up. The judge did not like that. WE Owe our attorney $6,000 and BOA 39 more years on a mortgage that was originally 30 years...we only had seven more to go and it would have been paid for.There are only four BOS's in all of Ohio.They mailed us a check in 2013 admitting wrong doing.. for $300.00. This after our federal Government gave this bank 400 million in bailout money.The Federal Government also says states can't even sell medicinal weed. Now Colorado can sell it like beer. What is wrong with that? IF you smoke it it is lungs, brain etc...same as alcohol affects the liver and brain.Yesterday in the mail we received a class action suit against Bank of America.32 million law sits.we will receive$40.00 I need to be in Colorado now Motley Fool! Gotta be some good companies going public soon! Roll 'em if ya got 'em.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:35 AM, MidnightMoses1 wrote:

    They forget to tell you the most important things to do if you are going to smoke pot.

    !) selecting the pot you are going to consume. Check color, texture, and smell to assure quality.

    2) thoroughly clean removing stems and seeds.

    3) determine if the pot is more suited for a bowl or for rolling.

    4) bigger joints and "blunts" are not going to get you any higher than a pin joint if the pot is decent.

    6) puff puff pass, and no bogarting are RULES of smoking.

    7) It's always better to share a joint with someone than to smoke alone.

    8) Always light the twisted end.

    9) a day without pot is like a day without sunshine.

    10) pot will get you through times of no money where money cannot get you through times with no pot.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:35 AM, hogger706 wrote:

    nothing is mentioned about the companies that drug test for employment, random testing for safety and security, driving under the influence and just a few others. how stupid can so many people be. unemployment line for many and won't have a leg to stand on. then it won't matter because they will be stoned and collecting welfare!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:54 AM, squigmyster wrote:

    if they tax tax tax all will go back back back and still toke it legally.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:01 PM, cityperson wrote:

    Now all we have to do is stand by and watch will happen when drug tests are performed by companies and other things people are tested for to hold a license of some kind. I can see all the law suits now nad the lawyers licking thier lips of dollar signs.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:03 PM, cubs9fan wrote:

    Very informative article but did the first sentence have to contain the word "high"?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:11 PM, RonJeremy wrote:

    Hard to believe it has come to this. I bet there is a sudden housing boom in Colorado.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:12 PM, FoolscapProdigy wrote:

    So? Since 1965 I have been able to find, purchase, and enjoy as much pot as I've cared to, and at prices that were never any more exorbitant than $60 a quarter. When I started, in fact, $20/ounce was the going rate. In some cases, the power of the pot was vastly greater than even the scientific growers are coming up with today.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:14 PM, bizo3 wrote:

    What a revelation. Legalize pot , grow it , sell it , create a foundation for future additive conditions. Create rehabs and build more prisons for the new storm of drug dependent generation to come. Being from the S.F. bay area doesn't anybody think of the impact this will have on the young !

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:15 PM, FoolscapProdigy wrote:

    Hogger, I have always refused to work for any company that drug tests, and I've made it all the way to retirement without suffering that unconstitutional and overweening indignity.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:22 PM, FoolscapProdigy wrote:

    Bizo, why don't you complain about cigarettes and booze? Those cause many more deaths and illnesses than pot puffing ever did or ever will. Get rid of cigarettes and society will save a lot of money and children will grow up healthier. By the way, as pot is not addictive, only stupid people end up in rehab due to pot. If it is causing a problem for you, just say no. Moreover, a very effective and economical way to enjoy your pot is to eat it in cookies or other tasty items, thus sparing your respiratory system.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:27 PM, samferrise wrote:

    Before you know it the taxes will push the prices to ridiculous levels because the greedy, capitalist bastards who control everything will ruin it like everything else they touch. I would rather see it illegal and affordable.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:30 PM, Skodanske wrote:

    I want to know about hemp, is it also legal now? It can replace so many things, paper, textiles and it's 10X stronger than plastics and it's bio degradable. Ford made an early car out of hemp before it was outlawed way back then for all the wrong reasons, clearing the way for some quite unsavory companies who deal in deforestation and depleting resources on completely unacceptable and insane levels, not to mention pharmaceuticals using mankind as guinea pigs for some pretty unhealthy experiments!

    And let me say, if you are allowed to have 12 plants of Cannabis Sativa on your property, you sure won't need to buy any pot.

    It's a great win for humanity and to the commenter who claims that alcohol and weed are equally damaging to your health, he should better inform himself. Weed is neither addictive and it never killed anyone, unlike alcohol induced craze or crack heads high on chemically processed junk!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:42 PM, maxsdad53 wrote:

    $400-480 per ounce, including tax. And the Mexican cartels will be selling it for $350-375 per ounce, and people will buy it because it's cheaper. The old "think of the tax it will generate" liberal horses**t only works until liberals actually have to PAY the tax... then they're going right back to buying it off Cheech on the corner.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:45 PM, cadilac803 wrote:

    dont be a dummy,dont smoke weed if you get hurt on the job,you will have to take a drug test,if you got weed in your system you lose your job insurance company wont cover you if you get hurt you will be ass out

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:51 PM, 01gary wrote:

    be silent now and take your beating =)

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:59 PM, sleepyhallow wrote:

    If you can only have a maximum of 12 plants per residences [with a maximum of 3 in the flowering stage] then HOW can there be growing operations that range "from a few hundred to tens of thousands of square feet" in size?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:59 PM, Ih2puo wrote:

    40,000 for license and fees? Just another example of the government keeping the little guy out and saving all the money making for their rich friends!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:04 PM, primmguy wrote:

    Cadilac803......the same thing happens when you get hurt on the job while Drinking....Right? DUH The price of Everything starts out High...but eventually goes down. Supply and Demand! This Law should be in all 50 states by now, if we would have acted sooner. The Feds MUST take this drug off the number 1 category NOW!!!! YEAH!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:07 PM, alwhitglee wrote:

    Just this. Can we call it "Dope on the Slopes"?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:09 PM, T69 wrote:

    I applaud Colorado and Washington States for legalizing a NATURAL plant for recreational usage by adults - just like all 50 States do for MAN-MADE adult beverages.

    I am pro-legalization of marijuana. I smoked and enjoyed it before I joined the US Military. Yes, I told Uncle Same I smoked pot and I was still allowed to enter the service (1984 and retired in 2005).

    Please remember this famous quote by someone wiser than I: "God makes pot, Man makes booze, whom do You trust?" - unknown

    My serious question for Motley Fool is: Which companies will offer an IPO for their "smoke shops" and are any investment opportunities available now on any US-based Exhange (i.e., NASDAQ, S&P, NYSE, etc.)? Thanks.

    A Very Happy New Year to Colorado and Washington Residents!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:34 PM, Mikal wrote:

    @sleepyhallow I, too, was wondering about that. The only explanations I can come up with, are that there is some semantic or (legally) terminological disparity. Maybe, "at a residence" translates to "inside a residence." Likewise, I think a residence is only considered the building itself, and not the land surrounding it.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:08 PM, Rwk wrote:

    How many joints before you are driving while impaired ?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:18 PM, dm1985 wrote:

    So many people are stating that demand is going to drive up the price so much. Demand alone doesn't influence price - supply also influences price. While in the short run demand has a greater impact, the supply will be adjusted accordingly by other firms joining the market because of the increased profitability. This would cause price to be driven down.

    @maxsdad. Just because you could find 'illegal' pot for less money, doesn't mean it is a better deal. The value of buying a legal product could cover the difference in actual cost. There is risk involved. So if you took the probability of getting caught for purchasing illegal pot multiple by the fine or punishment, you will get the cost negative externalities (for lack of a better word).

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:23 PM, LilSydney wrote:

    @sleepyhallow n Mikal, When they say a maximum of 12 plants I believe they are referring to a private residence. A growing facility would not fall under that category. And as for all the naysayers, you have obviously never smoked weed. No one has ever been transformed into a crazed lunatic from smoking pot. In fact most crazed lunatics SHOULD smoke pot, the world would be a much safer place to be!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:24 PM, buckskin wrote:

    @sleepyhallow and Mikal

    It says all adults can grow up to 6 plants in their home, but no more than 12 per residence (home). This is for personal use.

    To sell weed legally you must be licensed as a business. A pot farm is a business not a residence.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:43 PM, RoseofNoHo wrote:

    @maxsdad53 conservatives like you just love to rant about liberals. It's the first day of legalization, and in typical conservative fashion, you are ranting about liberals and the plague of locusts that are on their way because of what liberals have done. Calm down, If the stores find they aren't selling because they are being undersold by drug dealers on the street, they will just lower their prices.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:44 PM, metou wrote:

    now all you pot heads the state of co and wa welcome you to move there, they have lots of pot for you and their gates are open . What more could you want . you and your kids can breathe lots of second hand pot smoke to get high for free too.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 2:55 PM, LadyMantle wrote:

    Portland, Maine just legalized recreational use within city limits although you cannot legally buy it or sell it in the state of Maine so where do you safely buy it without a medicinal license? You might say this is a step forward for Portland but this does nothing to eliminate the black market. Most law enforcement here feel it is still a dangerous gateway drug so sadly it will be awhile before Maine legalizes recreational use state wide although it is the will of the people.

    Many here in Maine with medicinal licenses are being harrassed and facing legal action for one thing or another.

    In some states like Colorado and WA, it will be a nice transition and law enforcement will leave it alone to the state jurisdiction but other states will have a hard time leaving users alone just because they can and will.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 3:29 PM, jazzey99 wrote:

    I seem to remember "contact highs" when I was younger.... are there any rules about smoking this around young children? If you have a beer around a child they don't get drunk but if you smoke a joint around a kid they will get a contact high.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 3:34 PM, 4me2knw wrote:

    At $50. an eight that's $400 an ounce. I pay half that in my state where it's still illegal. I won't be moving to Colorado. I knew the greedy government would tax it out of existence. Here it is the first day and they've already done it.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:01 PM, JohnThomas wrote:

    >>>" initial estimates suggest that recreational marijuana will start out selling for between $50 and $60 per eighth of an ounce after taxes."

    Because of the fraudulent, self-serving federal prohibition, we will have a roller coaster ride to a settled, reasonable marijuana market.

    But after the dust settles on re-legalization, average quality marijuana will sell for around $50 an ounce, plus $20 to $30 in taxes.

    It's just a plant.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:10 PM, KateB83 wrote:

    It's going to be interesting to see just how much tax revenue they bring in over the long term. Cannabis is pretty easy to grow, and unlike tobacco you can grow personal use amounts with just 2-3 plants.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:12 PM, kca124cain wrote:

    Is it really legal? NO and NO. If a state law is meant to nullify or weaken a federal law, the law is not legal.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:24 PM, dm1985 wrote:

    'No and no' should be used in the case that 2 questions are asked.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:25 PM, JohnThomas wrote:

    @jazzey99:

    The "contact high" is largely myth. You would have to be shut into a small closet with three people smoking to feel anything.

    Further, smoking is just one consumption method. You can eat it, or partake with increasingly popular vaporization which produces no smoke.

    Or you can just smoke outside or blow the smoke out a window.

    It's important to keep perspective. Cigarette smoke is, indeed, very harmful, causing around 100,000 deaths a year, in the U.S. alone.

    Marijuana smoke is near harmless. No one has ever died from consuming marijuana in all of recorded history. - Research has shown it does not cause lung cancer or any other serious disease.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:32 PM, Bumper74 wrote:

    There are a lot of comments here critical on the taxes. But we voted for the taxes. In Colorado, citizens must approve all new taxes under TABOR. We voted for the tax rate for marijuana sales. It's part of the deal and a majority of Colorado voters accept it.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:35 PM, JohnThomas wrote:

    @kca124cain

    The only thing criminal about marijuana is the fraudulent prohibition. It was a monstrous fraud perpetrated in 1937 by alcohol prohibition bureaucrat, Harry Anslinger. He was frantic to build himself a new empire after the repeal of alcohol prohibition took most of his power.

    He succeeded beyond his wildest, warped dreams. This conning of America was best described by Professor Charles Whitebread in his speech to the 1995 Conference of the California Judges Association:

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm

    The DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence:

    "Marijuana, in its natural state, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:44 PM, JohnThomas wrote:

    @kca124cain

    The only thing criminal about marijuana is the fraudulent prohibition. It was a monstrous fraud perpetrated in 1937 by alcohol prohibition bureaucrat, Harry Anslinger. He was frantic to build himself a new empire after the repeal of alcohol prohibition took most of his power.

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:19 PM, doogie wrote:

    I read your article about nine things to know about before smoking marijuana in Colorado but you missed one important issue.

    In my opinion the 10th issue is that many life insurance policies have an “exclusion” (meaning policy benefits are not payable) if the policy holder is using any controlled substance or narcotic not previously prescribed by a physician at the time of death.

    Marijuana may be legal in Colorado but it’s still considered a narcotic federally and is certainly still a “controlled substance”.

    So, as the way I see it if I drive down to Colorado from Wyoming to get high and get involved in a fatal car crash (even if it’s not my fault) or accidently slip on the ice and fatally hit my head several of the life insurance policies I have in force may not pay any benefits to my beneficiaries should any levels of any controlled substances (marijuana) be discovered in my body after death.

    We all know how insurance companies like denying benefits if at all possible at time of claim don’t we?

    However, many whole life insurance policies do not have such exclusions…each person needs to check their insurance policies to be sure and make their own rational decisions.

    I am not in the insurance business but this thought has occurred to me and thought I’d pass this line of thought along to you.

    Happy New Year,

    Mark Steingass

    Story, Wyoming

    email:redcloud@trcable.tv

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:39 PM, donewithpot wrote:

    I smoked pot all my life. I am now 52, Quit a couple years back. When I smoked I did nothing as do all of you. I always wanted it to be legal but now with China taking over we sure dont need a nation of burn outs or we will all be speaking manderin, The chinise wont be like the soft United States. We will work hard for very little and lose oue identity. Remember this comercial? (Hey Johnny, you gonna look for a job today, yeah ma. Marijuana - it will make nothing happen for you too)

    So yeah, I am not for pot any more

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:18 PM, Honor2Him wrote:

    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29 KJV)

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:07 PM, Pedro wrote:

    I hope that in the next 5 years that Marijuana is legal in all 50 states. and for now that the Feds keep there noses out of Colorado and Washington State. And that in Washington DC the 1935 Marijuana law is abolished once and for all. then those Feds can't be poking around and bust people just because they are smoking weed. To give everyone a history lesson. Back in prohibition for 13 years Marijuana was totally legal. There were no laws on the books banning Marijuana. It was only 6 months after prohibition that the Feds got a law passed making Marijuana a Felony. That's only because alcohol was now legal they needed to have something else to bust people on. They were out of a job after prohibition so they needed to keep some kind of work. Marijuana should had never been illegal. And it's safer than alcohol.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:35 PM, Jodynh wrote:

    Marijuana was made illegal because William Randolph Hearst learned that a new process would make it much cheaper to make paper from hemp than from wood. He owned thousands of acres of timber land, and he knew that this process would make his acreage go down in value. He had his reporters write stories about the horrors of marijuana and put pressure on the government to abolish it. When Congress took a vote on it, members of the medical community tried to testify that there were medical uses for it and that it wasn't harmful. Congress refused to give them time to speak. This is just another example of our government being for sale to the highest bidder.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:46 PM, kaybesweet wrote:

    @ JohnThomas, Of course it doesn't cause cancer. It cures cancer :) Medically backed and documented by many.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:01 PM, AKBadBoy wrote:

    @donewithpot: Just because you are a 52 year old burn out, don't go making ignorant assumptions that will add to your resume. I'm 51 and smoked pot all my life up until a few years ago. I have two very successful businesses and employee over 200 employees full time. I started my first business 2 years out of high school and my other one 14 years ago. What you seem to have a problem with is identifying the steps that lead to your demise as a productive member of society. You become a deadbeat first, then a pot smoker and finally burnout. At any point you could have turned your life into something of value. Don't blame it on pot. It's not like you just HAD to get stoned and remain that way 24 hours a day for 30 plus years. Pot is not like heroin. When you quit, you have no shakes, no nausea, no cold sweats. Marijuana has no addictive qualities like that. Apparently you made the decision very early in life that you were not going to be that productive member of the American workforce but pot wasn't the reason or cause. That, my friend, is a cop out. (Oh, and I don't know if you were experiencing long term blackouts during your burnout but China has had a workforce to be reckoned with since before you were born.)

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:30 PM, dwduke wrote:

    The pot heads won't be happy, happy, happy until they can light up a doobie anywhere, anytime, and chain smoke fatties until they are blitzed out of their skull. Pot heads use pot to hide from lifes problems like alcoholic use booze to hide from life’s problems. Liberalism is moving ahead at a steady pace.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:36 PM, ItsMeBitches wrote:

    All I have to say is watch the movie Idiocracy. That is where we are headed, especially if we are all smoking pot!!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:38 PM, TokersWild wrote:

    Since it really isn't legal in some circumstances. Why would you want to buy it and pay taxes with the chance of getting busted? The state doesn't care they got there money and they got the chance to tell you to bend over and grab your ankles. If your going to smoke it keep getting it the way you have been. :)~~~

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:07 PM, jooly wrote:

    I would like to mention that although some people may think pot is not addictive I have a very different story. My husband has smoked pot for 20 years, he is now 35. He has tried 3 times in the last 5 years to quit smoking and after a few days without out it he is like a different person. Angry, tense, anxiety, negative and just plain mean. He gets nightmares and insomnia as well. So although some people may be able to quit no problem, good for you....My husband on the other hand has lost all motivation and shut out all friends and family over the years. I personally believe pot has had a severly negative effect on his life. When he smokes he pretty much just watches tv and sleeps. Our marriage is suffering and he thinks I am being a controlling wife trying to get him to quit. Actually the only thing controlling him is the weed. Its sad but true.

    You may think just because its a plant it must be okay, little do most people realize is all the health risks it carries. Headaches, joint pain, impotence, hypertension...the list goes on. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal but they also cause addiction for many people. Every night before I go to bed I pray my husband will quit smoking and start enjoying life again. Just my story.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:19 PM, Kimerellasue wrote:

    Well when I was a dope smoker, if I wasn't high I was figuring out how to get high...you say its not adicting...hmmmm okay whatever....at $400 a oz no thanks I'd rather spend my $$ on my grandchildren & be in reality ...that was long ago & far away when I was a child-ish partier...can't even imagine going back to that life. I cannot relate to someone in their 60's still in that scene...sorry. Oh and the "friends" I had then, stole my oz. from my house at the party I threw for them...great life NO THANKS!

    Just like saying drinking won't kill you, okay I will tell my dad that who died of liver failure, or COPD from the ciggs...you people belive that stuff because it helps you sleep at night I guess. w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.....I'll live my now life instead sheltered from those days with my real Godly friends who are really real...that can come in my house 24/7 never steal anything, I trust them with my life, they are true...why? Real Christians are the best people on this earth not for any reward..but because its just who they are...go ahead & get high see how that works out for ya..in eternity

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:25 PM, lizord34 wrote:

    what will the laws be as far as children living in a home with plants ,and or smokers,,before dhs would swipe your kids up so fast your head would spin,i know they will here in oklahoma ,i dont see the smoke or fumes being anymore dangerous than a ciggarette..i am all for it being leagle i would rather deal with a pot smoker than a drunk anyday!!!,once oklahoma see's they can get over 9 million in revenue we will be next i hope..And i know of doctors and lawyers and very high ranking people who are "closet smokers" lol and even police......so therefore you can be a smoker and be successful ,you only become a lazy no good "pot head" smoker as people refer to it.if that is what you want to become...there is no excuse for an unsuccessful person,you make that choice in life..... not the pot.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:56 PM, kaybesweet wrote:

    What people need to realize is that marijuana affects everyone differently. Some people it makes lazy...er, some people it motivates them. Of course sometimes that comes down to the strain of marijuana. Different strains do different things. People need to be educated before you make assumptions about marijuana smokers. It's not what the government, media and movies portray it to be. That's the only thing non marijuana smokers know about it. Uneducated propaganda and lies. Scared of what you don't know. Get educated. There's a world of knowledge on this little thing you're sitting in front of. Go find out how many people it's helping medically. There's more to marijuana then getting high.

    I see a few people talking about driving under the influence. There are studies that sway both ways. What people fail to realize is that you can make a study say anything you want just by omitting information. The truth of the matter is, people that smoke and drive know they can drive. People that can't don't. Marijuana does not impair your judgement like alcohol. There are no incidents where someone under the influence of marijuana has caused an accident, that I've found. There's always some other drug or alcohol involved. And if there are, it's very few, because people that can't drive don't.

    @ jooly , your husband sounds like he has some other issues that marijuana helps. Look into the medical side of it. It's not that he can't quit, it's that he feels so better when he smokes. He's able to control his anxiety and anger when he smokes. I would think you would rather have him smoking marijuana then destroying is liver with pills to control it. It sounds to me, from what you describe, is that he's smoking an indica. Which tends to make people couch locked and lazy. He needs to smoke a sativa instead. That will give him energy and let him function and get stuff done.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:11 PM, taug99 wrote:

    # 1. YOU MUST VOTE DEMOCRATIC.

    AND THEN YOU GET A FREE BAG OF CHEETOS.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:12 PM, rockthrower wrote:

    I'm so tired of these bleeding hearts. " what is this gonna do to our young people ?" Your kids are gonna get it either way . just be glad they can use it without going to jail. Young people have always smoked weed, and they are productive members of society.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:34 PM, kaybesweet wrote:

    @lizord34 , There's already been a case here in Michigan where children were taken out of the home of a registered medical marijuana card holder who smokes it for his epilepsy. A "good samaritan" decided to call DHS on him. The children were removed from the home and judge ordered the man to stop smoking and prove he needed it. He had to go to the neurologist (of course there's past documentation of that, but obviously wasn't taken into consideration). Within 2 weeks of quitting smoking, his seizures started up again. He had been without seizure for 2 years because of marijuana. Needless to say the children are now back in the home. So people are protected if they have a smart lawyer who can refer to previous cases with rulings in their favor.

    When will people realize that marijuana does NOT hurt people. Not even children. It helps them. The more research that's done, the more they are finding out just how much this plant can help people. Including children with epilepsy, add/adhd, autism, ocd, ptsd, cancer. The list goes on and on. People will pump their bodies full of toxins that shut down organs and have long term effects on the body by popping the pills the doctor gives them. It's ok to be a pill head, but let's cut down the marijuana smoker.

    And btw Conservatives, it's not just Liberals who smoke. God created it. Stop believing all the stupid lies about marijuana. I'm a conservative woman living in a country that claims to be Christian, but votes for people that are against what God stands for. Why do you have to insist that something God created is bad? It's not and it's time to change your views to lie up with the word of God. He put everything we needed on this earth to combat illness without having to turn to man made drugs that destroy your body. Marijuana is one of those plants. Get educated.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:22 AM, cjgizmoe wrote:

    Rocky mountain hiiiiiigh

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:41 AM, VIPelle wrote:

    True dat. Law took effect just after John Denver's 70th birthday, see http://www.tokinwoman.blogspot.com/2014/01/denver-does-it.ht...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:32 AM, HoosierRube wrote:

    Investors, look elsewhere.

    With the prices they're charging, I cant see why anyone would buy it when all you need is a little soil, a little water and a little sun.

    Trust me when I say, it grows like a weed!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:37 AM, Chontichajim wrote:

    You should also consider employment impacts to using. Alcohol use in moderation and not within 24 hours of a test will not cause failed employment checks, but marijuana will. Testing is included in many jobs requiring public safety(e.g. bus drivers) or higher levels of security (e.g. DOD contractors). I am long PMD which has hair testing for drugs. The testing is a nice growth industry and legalizing marijuana will spur the growth of employment drug testing companies.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:54 PM, VieuxCarre wrote:

    The things I would want to know:

    1) How is DWI determined with relation to pot?

    2) Can employment be denied or terminated based on a positive drug test?

    3) What are the activities specifically that will trigger interest from federal law enforcement agencies?

    4) Are there any state licenses which can be denied because of positive drug tests, like pilots' licenses, nursing license, etc?

    5) Does the national Republican party have a position on continuing the Democratic party's regime of letting the States manage this issue without federal interference?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Kdawg3511 wrote:

    Considering the effects of long-term marijuana use, I suppose I don’t mind nationwide legalization. It will give those non-users the advantage of exceling at a more rapid rate and moving up through the ranks of any job as the rest of the nation goes to pot…

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:59 PM, DonNics wrote:

    Thumbs up for Colorado and Washington, hope pot lovers will consume responsibly!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:40 PM, cmalek wrote:

    @jooly:

    Was your husband ever in combat?

    @Kdawg3511:

    "Considering the effects of long-term marijuana use"

    And what may those be? Do you know those effects for a fact or are they something your third cousin's uncle's sister-in-law read in National Enquirer?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:45 PM, Zombie111 wrote:

    My friend from the Netherlands, said that it is regarded there as a drug for teens and young people. It has been legally available in cafes in Amsterdam for decades. Then they are expected to grow out of it. The Dutch certainly have a well-earned reputation as being hard-working and productive (as is my friend).

    Good points re insurance.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 7:57 AM, donbudz wrote:

    ALCOHOL KILLS WAY MORE BRAIN CELL, ALCOHOL KILL YOUR LIVER, ALCOHOL CAUSES VIOLENCE, ALCOHOL CAUSES A HUGE NUMBER OF DEATHS ON THE ROAD, ALCOHOL RAISES CRIME RATE, ALOT, ALCOHOL IS CONSUMED BY KIDS MORE THEN ANY OTHER DRUG, ALCOHOL IS MORE ADDICTING THAN MARIJUANA, ALCOHOL CAN MAKE YOU SICKER THEN A DOG, ALCOHOL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE ACCIDENTS AT WORK THEN MARJUANA EVER DID. I COULD GO ON AND ON... YOU IDIOTS OUT THERE GO AHEAD AND DRINK THE CRAP AND DOWN PLAY POT. JUST SHOWS WHAT DRUNKIN IDIOTS YOU REALLY ARE. GO AHEAD AND DRINK. ILL RUN CIRCLES AROUND YOUR DRUNK @$$!

  • Report this Comment On January 04, 2014, at 7:06 PM, shanepike888 wrote:

    Get ready for the dimwitted DEA to attempt to raid these shops. I hope

    Colorado & Washington have the good sense to setup "DEA Squads" to stop the

    feral, immoral; scum within the DEA in their nefarious endeavours. The DEA

    filth must be arrested, charged AND PROSECUTED. Then they should be jailed

    for VERY significant terms.

    The FACT is, the DEA are an International Terrorist Organisation whose

    members are under the impression that they can do whatever the hell they

    want to.

  • Report this Comment On January 04, 2014, at 10:42 PM, AleBrewer wrote:

    $50 to $60 per eighth of an ounce? And you think government is going to make healthcare cheaper?

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  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2014, at 2:06 PM, Adri07 wrote:

    grow the weed - legal

    donate the weed - legal

    receive a 'gift' called dollars - legal.

    There's your local business guys - no legislation....

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