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article imageOp-Ed: Colorado creating temporary shortage of legal weed

By Robert Weller     Dec 27, 2013 in Lifestyle
Denver - There is an apocryphal story about what happens when the Soviets capture the Sahara. Nothing for the first 10 years, then a shortage of sand.
That could be the narrative of what is happening in Colorado.
The state, whose governor and mayor of Denver opposed legalization, is moving at a snail’s pace to do what the people told them to do. This despite the money, likely to be in the hundreds of millions in state revenue, sales of marijuana will bring.
Only a handful of stores will be able to sell it in Colorado when the law takes effect Jan. 1. And those will be in dispensaries already authorized to sell medicinal marijuana. Stores set up just to sell recreational marijuana will be licensed later.
The reason no one knows exactly how many outlets will be open is because stores need both state and local approval. The state has authorized 136 retail outlets. The city of Denver says 42 marijuana sellers, growers or manufacturers have its approval. Yes, some businesses will produce products like marijuana-spiced drinks.
But it isn’t clear how many of them have state approval.
A few stores, like Toni Fox’s Cannabis 3-D, are expecting long lines at her northern Denver dispensary. She has all the permits.
“We’re looking at conservatively a quarter of a million the first three months of 2014,” she said. “I’m in personally — my family — over $1 million. I have a half a million in lines of credit that I’m hoping to pay off by the end of 2014,” she told CBS. Despite news reports that banks are barred from dealing with marijuana outlets some have found a way, and products can be bought with credit cards.
Washington also legalized private consumption, but its stores will not be open until spring. The Evergreen state only permits consumption in private.
The City Council of Denver rejected pressure to bar the public from public use. The Colorado law states that marijuana should be treated as alcohol.
Instead operators have to undergo numerous inspections, allow their finger prints to be taken and keep inventories like pharmacies do of drugs like Oxycodene and Percocet.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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