Denver gives out licenses to businesses approved to sell recreational pot starting Jan. 1

  • Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 6:40 PM

DENVER — The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

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muckandgrindDec. 27, 1312:58 PM

It's about time....Now let's hope the politicians in Minnesota will come to realize that a regulated system of selling pot beats an unregulated system (black market) that we currently have.

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smdentDec. 27, 1312:59 PM

Hey politicians ~ want to grow Minnesota's population? Legalize pot. Watch as young people flock to Colorado and Washington state, as other states remove these prohibition laws from their books, too. top listening to the police who resort to "marijuana madness" mentality to keep weed from being legalized here. Just like with marriage equality, if pot is legalized, the world will not end. It will just get more mellow.

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snoolickerDec. 27, 13 1:34 PM

A good way to get tax revenue without taking it out on the middle class working population.

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morbthrmsnowDec. 27, 13 1:54 PM

I don't about people flocking to a state to get weed. But it is a good idea and fair and just. Treat pot just like beer.

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JP55901Dec. 27, 13 1:54 PM

Whether legalizing marijuana would result in significantly more tax revenue is debatable. But to muckandgrind's comment, do you really believe by legalizing pot that will automatically eliminate the "black market"? The entire U.S. could legalize pot and there would still be people growing it illegally and drug trafficking would still take place.

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muckandgrindDec. 27, 13 2:10 PM

@JP55901 - No, I don't believe that the black market will completely go away. How pervasive it would be is dependent on a couple of factors, including the amount of taxation that comes with regulation. That being said, the underground market will shrink substantially, mainly due to price. Dealers charge more because of the risk associated with getting caught. If sold in stores, the price will drop and most people would prefer to buy something in a legal manner than through a drug dealer. Just look at the repeal of alcohol prohibition. Did the black market COMPLETELY disappear? No, there are still some people distilling their own moonshine, but the crime associated with the bootlegging of alchohol almost completely disappeared. The same thing would happen with the repeal of marijuana prohibition.

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slikweasel21Dec. 27, 13 3:07 PM

Too bad in MN Republican's are advocates of the Gateway Devil Drug Theory, and Mark Dayton won't pass anything that creates revenue or freedom. (See Sunday liquor, Fireworks, etc.)

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slikweasel21Dec. 27, 13 3:11 PM

And right after I post that I see a new story that Dayton supports Sunday liquor. It still won't pass though because the whole legislature is bought and sold to the MN Licensed Beverage Ass'n.

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privateeyeDec. 27, 13 3:27 PM

The entire U.S. could legalize pot and there would still be people growing it illegally and drug trafficking would still take place.--I suppose people still make moonshine but how much of a problem is that?

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nativesonzzDec. 27, 13 3:35 PM

Legalization is coming to Minnesota....soon. The War on Drugs is an utter failure. Marijuana is more harmless than my mothers medicine cabinet. The reason it's still illegal is that politicians need to get paid first...the lobby isn't strong enough yet...but it's coming...thankfully.

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