Wonderful news. As a Coloradoan it warms my heart to see this.
Unfortunately - personally I cannot partake as I am subjected to random drug screening at my workplace and marijuana is still discriminated against in
those regards. (Strange huh? I believe a lawsuit is on the books right now dealing with that very matter.)
The tax revenues will only grow in my opinion. As more and more people accept marijuana as well as the inevitable rising of the tax rates on the
product itself. I certainly hope all of that 40$ million goes to schools. Should be more in my opinion - not sure where the money for 'treatment'
is going....I am not aware of any marijuana AA type things around here but who knows?
Programs to discourage underage use are a good thing as well.
My county unfortunately is very conservative and did not allow recreational shops so personally my community specifically will not be getting any of
People do not realize but many counties in the state opted out of recreational. Right now Pueblo county and the various counties around Denver pretty
much have a monopoly on the whole thing. Once the other counties see the amount of money it is bringing in though I believe many of them will opt back
Overall this is simply long overdue.
Crime has not risen here - in fact they are grudgingly beginning to report that crime is down overall this year in Colorado. The people are still
friendly and happier than ever. No 'refer madness' here. Really the only bad things have been a dozen or so idiots blowing up their apartments by
letting off a bunch of Butane INDOORS while attempting to make their own concentrates.....But if you are dumb enough to let off butane in an enclosed
apartment that is on you - not marijuana. Other than that - some out of staters have been coming here and buying the medical grade edibles and
eating the entire things at once after being told specifically not to (it is medicine after all, one serving at a time).....what do ya expect?
The movement really is taking off here in the states. After the successful recreational launches in Colorado and Washington state it is only a matter
of time until every state which has medical accepts recreational as well and they should.
I for one hope to never see the federal government legalize it (because there will be a federal tax). They wanted to ban it? Fine. Never let the feds
see ANY of the tax revenue. Only the smart states should get it. IMO the feds do not deserve a single cent after their phony war on drugs failure.
I really hope the movement spreads to you fine folks up North! That'd be great to see.
Also I love your database idea. There is so much unexplored potential with medical marijuana and it really needs to be found out just the power of
this medicine. Colorado is already famous for a strain - 'Charlotte's Web' which contains no THC only CBD. CBD is the main killer of pain and
stops seizures and the like while THC is more known for the 'high.'
It is great to see them actually developing strains purely for sick people who do not want to get 'high' at all.
Also - nothing is quite better than driving down a major street early in the morning and catching a whiff of the Colorado good stuff coming from one
of the local dispensaries running their AC as they trim the buds...
Ahhhh. Gotta love it.
People really are starting to accept it to. You would not believe the people I see going into the shops.
Soccer moms, country farmer guys, young people and elderly people alike, everyday parents, schoolteachers, baseball coaches, etc. You name it - I have
seen one going into a shop right after work.