Lines still stretch around block on 2nd day of marijuana sales in Colorado

Posted on: 1:31 pm, January 1, 2014, by , updated on: 07:22pm, January 2, 2014

Lines were once again large outside Evergreen Apothecary on Jan. 2, 2013, for the second day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Denver. Many had no luck on Jan. 1. (Photo: Twitter / Chris Jose)

Lines were once again large outside Evergreen Apothecary on Jan. 2, 2013, for the second day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Denver. Many had no luck on Jan. 1. (Photo: Twitter / Chris Jose)

DENVER — Colorado made history New Year’s Day when it become the first state to allow stores to sell marijuana for recreational purposes to anyone age 21 or older.

On day two of marijuana sales in Colorado, most of the lines in front of the state’s new recreational pot shops were still stretching out the door and around the block.

As many as 30 stores throughout Colorado were able to start selling recreational weed on Jan. 1, with 18 of them being in Denver. With that few stores and such high demand, many were worried about the possibility of a pot shortage.

Tim Cullen wasn’t one of them. Cullen owns Evergreen Apothecary, a recreational marijuana retail shop near the intersection of East Iowa Avenue and South Broadway.

“The stores were ready for this,” Cullen said. “We’ve been preparing for this for months. We’re well connected and friends with many in the industry. We didn’t talk to anyone who was concerned about a shortage yesterday.”

Despite his assurance that there wouldn’t be a shortage of marijuana available for purchase, Cullen was limiting purchases to one-quarter of an ounce on Thursday, which is well below the one ounce limit that is permitted for purchases by new Denver laws.

As far as the prices of marijuana across the states, it’s been estimate that one-eighth of an ounce will cost between $30 and $50 depending on the type of marijuana. That’s not including tax.

Many marijuana customers were reluctant to go on camera to talk about their purchases, with most citing concerns about their bosses seeing them with weed. In many cases, their concerns have some credence, as retailers are permitted to collect buyer information from marijuana customers and there are also no laws preventing them from passing out that information to third parties, which would include concerned employers.

That said, Cullen said his store and most marijuana retailers he has spoken with will refuse to give out that buyer information.

A total of 136 stores just received state licenses last week, but most of them apparently haven’t obtained approval yet from their local governments to open on Jan. 2.

Mayor Michael Hancock said he is proud of how the city implemented Amendment 64.

“I want to thank the businesses and consumers alike for acting responsibly and with great accountability today. Denver is a progressive city, a vibrant city, and it’s incumbent on all of us to continue getting this right,” Hancock said in a statement.

Voters in 2012 approved the sale of recreational marijuana, as have voters in the state of Washington, but Colorado was the first to have the pot shops up and running under regulations recently established.

Not all of the state is participating in the new law. A community can decide not to allow the shops, and in fact, most of the state geographically hasn’t, including communities such as Greeley and Colorado Springs.

Proponents of the new law were dealt a setback last week when Denver and state officials threatened to shut down a private party at a dance club scheduled for Jan. 1 celebrating the end of the prohibition against cannabis — an event billed as “Cannabition.” The organizers canceled the party because officials said it would violate a Denver ordinance prohibiting the public consumption of marijuana.

Cannabis can only be smoked on private premises, with the owner’s permission.

Under the new state law, residents will be able to buy marijuana like alcohol. The cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or more. People from out of state can buy up to a quarter ounce.

Meanwhile, in a vivid example of how recreational pot is a new reality for the state, Denver officials posted public signs in the tourist-populated corridor known as the 16th Street Mall. The street signs read, “Know the Law about Marijuana Use in Denver.”

“You must be 21 or older to have or use retail marijuana,” says one bulletin on the sign. But further below it, the sign warns readers that “it is illegal to use, display or transfer marijuana on the 16th Street Mall.”

Meanwhile, Denver International Airport authorities this week have banned all marijuana on the airport grounds. Medical marijuana had been legal to bring to the airport as long as it didn’t go through security checkpoints, said airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman.

But a total ban was implemented to avoid confusion as the recreational pot law rolls out, she said. Officials are concerned that a large influx of people may take marijuana to the airport and transport it across state lines.

So even if a visitor brings marijuana to the airport and leaves it in the car to pick up a relative at the terminal, that visitor will be breaking the law and could face a fine of up to $999, Stegman said.

Colorado will also become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale. Pot, by the way, is the third most popular recreational drug in America, after alcohol and tobacco, according to the marijuana reform group NORML.

40 comments

  • The TRUTH says:

    History finally made. Now don’t mess it up for the rest of the country. Weed needs to be legalized in different states to stop the influx of stupid people moving to our great state.

  • Dude Man Fu says:

    “Weed needs to be legalized in different states to stop the influx of stupid people moving to our great state.”

    Waayy tooo late….

  • Murray From Hempstead says:

    You see the locations? Terrible areas. Expect the mayhem soon.

  • Pete says:

    Didn’t find any shops selling to people without medical cards! What a joke! I’m growing my own, but wanted to support the commercial shops. Too bad they don’t want to support me! All of you “medical” marijuana losers can kiss my behind … Last time I try to do business with any of you, period!

  • Anonymous says:

    Whatever the government touches turns to dung. I knew this would be a complete cluster. I’m sticking with reliable supply chains.

  • The TRUTH says:

    1 Question for Mr. President.

    How do you feel about Colorado’s unprecedented day in history???

    Now, let us talk about how Obamacare needs to be REPEALED. Just because Congress says it’s OK doesn’t mean it’s fair…how about letting America decide with a vote? The tax penalty is MORE AFFORDABLE than unneeded unaffordable health care. You should make health coverage MORE affordable for EVERYONE & not just certain income brackets with a cap. Unfortunately everyone just became more poor. Your economy is about to fall hard. Do you even care Mr. President?

    Does anyone care about our country anymore?
    Does anyone care where our country is headed?
    Is anyone listening?
    Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

    And Dude Man Fu…it’s never too late

    & what a great day for Colorado!

  • Ironman says:

    50 to 60 dollars an eighth I can get a hellva lot cheaper elsewhere knuckleheads…………………

  • Jim Bob says:

    They hype will soon die, then people will get tired of paying so much with the high tax rate. Then illegal sales will go up because its cheaper. More illegal sales equals higher crime rate. Then what? Way to go Colorado…

  • Frank Lucas Blue Magic says:

    50-60 an eighth……those poor souls haven’t heard of Colfax and Broadway. Try empty stores when people start pricing.

  • dapandico says:

    How many called into work sick to stand in the line?

  • john swanson says:

    Looks like they may be taking the EBT card for payment too.

  • Debbie says:

    People are just going to get it cheaper at a dealer and how will the police know the difference? I am wondering if we will start seeing an epidemic of ppl eating other ppl’s faces off

  • Kelley Davis says:

    The poor guy in line is on camera for 5 min before he tries to cover his face with that paper. lol

  • Wudhesay says:

    Hey Virginia there is a Santa Claus! You can put the guns done now.

  • DR Commish says:

    I understand that “Denver” is NOW the Number 1 destination, requested by all NBA Free Agents…. up from #24 just a week ago…

  • Sir smokes a lot says:

    My question is, I wonder if the police will be able to smoke now? It’s legal and taxed just like beer and spirits. Although I understand its not “federally” legal it still is city/state wide. That be be awesome the police getting to experience what we’ve all been fighting for FOR YEARS!!!

  • Gerry Garcia says:

    Obamacare is the law of the land. Everyone needs healthcare, even uninformed people like you. Get used to it. You will never repeal Obamacare. That is just a fantasy of brain dead republicans.

  • luis says:

    Me alegro por ustedes perros kl por su culpa la marihuana esta en la lista uno y como droga dura !!!

    Espero q le den un buen uso !!! Al cannabis

  • marilyn says:

    I am happy for the residents of Colorado. I live in Michigan but I really do not want this to pass here. This is why; We pay the government and state enough money and they screw us every chance they can. There should be free health care in the U.S.A.. I will stick to smoking my cananis for medical use. I put the money back into next grow and help patients that can not afford the ridiculous prices. People are too money hungry and its just bad karma.

  • Janiah says:

    How stupid is it to make ignorant comments using such nastiness – get a life!

  • This is huge! I haven’t seen lines this long since Star Wars! WOHOO

  • Frank Lucas Blue Magic says:

    These losers drag their knapsacks to their cubicles to cold call for Comcast or some other loser sales job…..no experience needed or DT. You probably can get it cheaper on Morrison Road or Dayton & Montview in one of those Chihuahua bars. The new checkpoint on 26 between Deming & Hatch does cut down the pounds coming up from Mexico.

  • cardsfan78 says:

    $250 to $400 an ounce BEFORE taxes?????? No way in hell!!!! Will get it the way I always have….without taxes!!!!!!

  • knowa says:

    Americans for Safe Access calculates that a direct raid on a medical marijuana dispensary costs around $300,000 and investigative costs run about $12 million per raid. That means the DEA just spent roughly $3.6 million on the raids themselves – plus investigative costs! Even if we play generous and assume that all 12 raids fell within the same investigative umbrella, that still means the DEA just blew $15.6 million.

    I can’t emphasize this enough: 3 percent. In one city. In one state.

    The annual DEA budget runs about $2.87 billion. It wouldn’t take too many investigations and raids to wipe that out. In fact, shutting down all the dispensaries in Denver alone would cost more than twice the total DEA budget.

  • john swanson says:

    They government is going to require the weed to be rolled, and placed in a pack, with the tax stamps on it just like a cigarette pack. If you are caught with a home rolled joint, you will be charged with tax evasion, and misuse of a government controlled substance. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  • Shannon S. says:

    Whoooo!! I think this is great for many reason’s. :)

  • Smelly says:

    MFW the black market explodes due to a weed shortage due to the idiot states regulations which have resulted in under production/over demand. :O)

    Where o where are the Mexican nationals with their brick weed when you need them.

    At $300-400/ounce, perhaps it’s time to look at revived smuggling operations.

  • And again, what a dump Colorado is becoming. Can’t wait to get out of here.

  • Darlene says:

    Atleast with the redcard, aint gotta pay all those taxes

  • Frank Lucas Blue Magic says:

    Bring up dem bricks from them Hatch New Mexico stash houses. Left turn on 25 and ride with the morning flow.

  • Steve says:

    Yay for more substances for the weak to use to escape their problems, but for a moment.

  • Colin says:

    Whoever set taxes at 25 percent is mentally challenged. But hey at least it’s not like the geniuses in Washington who went for 75%!!! I’ll tell you though some people can tone the bitching down a little bit I’m a medical patient in California and we still pay top dollar so get used to it.

  • Bryan says:

    I’m actually pretty excited, this can actually stop the black market revenue, but due to the high taxes, I logically think people will just rely on the old saying “bang for your buck”. Sure Coloradans are lining up & paying outrages prices. Keep in mind most of these dispensaries have their limit at their stores & trust me, they have a HUGE reserve at their homes! I believe that dispensaries are going to get raided BAD. You arnt supposed to go publically about it, Feds are watching. & trust me. They will SIEZE. & trust me dispensaries ARE NOT THE MOST LOYAL PEOPLE. They have WAY MORE & GROW WAY MORE, than they legally can possess & cultivate. My thesis is people will ABUSE, rights given to them, & marijuana is STILL ILLEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW. TAXES ARE OUTARAGES & people are celebrating & buying this month, but in the long terms, THESE PATIENTS WILL GO BACK TO THE BLACK MARKET, For $400 you can get 40 grams (almost double!) & avoid taxes! & still get TOPSHELF.

  • ellen says:

    here in the Philippines when marijuana many youth ages 10 to 16 became addicts and out of school until they die on the streets of prolonged use of it……

  • KennyMac says:

    The span of differences are interesting to read. Funny that revenue from these shops are funding law enforcement academies.

  • MileHighScorp says:

    The news reported that there were strangely no large reports from employers about absent employees since nobody in the lines to buy dope has a job.

  • Mike says:

    Love the lady in line with her baby stroller waiting to buy weed!! Looks great Colorado !!!

  • Hector says:

    My country filled with the peoples who do this drug all day, they make no accomplishment in life and just proud to sit around all day wasting their time and lifes. It is not good for society. Sorry for my english.

  • Izzy Rallins says:

    Top shelf weed for half the price from the black market? Are you serious? You are NOT going to get top shelf for half the price at the black market.

    Here in co I paid $60 for 1/8th of mids that could be good or could be brick weed… waiting around for the dealer…. who of you actually enjoy this?

    You’re going to be paying $50-$60 1/8th of top shelf anywhere until the prices go down. I think whatever you’re smoking must be contaminated with something.

    This is something that only people who don’t live in CO are complaining about. This whole thing has been so positive for CO!

  • 25% tax rate? I’ll grow my own…. That’s legal too! Plus no taxes!

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