Colorado preps for nation's first legal pot industry, activists hope the experiment will work

  • Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 3:30 AM

DENVER — A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

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la0tsuDec. 29, 13 8:35 AM

Come on, Colorado. Do this right. Show the rest of the country that this is the right course. It's time to stop punishing adults for harmless recreational activities.

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stanceDec. 29, 1310:32 AM

Yeah Colorado! Minnesota should do the same!

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lothlornDec. 29, 1312:13 PM

It will be interesting to see what this new law does to kids and families. Yeah I know its not suppose to be sold to minors, just like cigarettes. But how many kids get a hold of cigarettes,alcohol and drugs now? Pot may be easier if its legal for adults. I wonder if many will turn to harder drugs in states where pot is legal. Will this also bring more drug cartels in and with that more violence? Who will these "legal" dealers buy their pot from? The same growers as the illegal drug dealers do?

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bgronniDec. 29, 1312:47 PM

You can stop and have a beer after work or whenever, without getting impaired. the purpose of pot is to get high. Is this a good idea? Will employers let people get high on the job? Another liberal failure in the making.

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daytonsajokeDec. 29, 13 1:41 PM

As a fairly conservative person I applaud Colorado for this initiative. Pot has been available to virtually anyone who has wanted it up till now. Heck, I could see taking a vacation there to see what all the fuss is about.

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kevinm1Dec. 29, 13 2:37 PM

I grew up in Colorado back in the 70's, it was easier to get pot than beer because beer was sold in stores, the new law in Colorado is it is legal for those only above 21 and will be sold in stores. It will become harder for teenagers to get by that simple fact.

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garcialaterDec. 29, 13 3:02 PM

Experiment? The voters wanted to change a harmful law, they voted for change, now they got it. Experiment? I think the experiment was putting decent people in jail for making decisions for themselves regarding cannabis. That was the experiment. It failed miserably. Stupidity usually does.

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radicationDec. 29, 13 3:50 PM

This will create legitimate jobs, increase tax revenue for the State, reduce the costs of policing, public defenders, court costs, and incarceration costs. This will free up the legal system for bigger criminals and cut into the black market profits. What's not to like?

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stanceDec. 29, 13 4:47 PM

lol bgroni - the purpose of pot is to get high Like alcohol is different ?????????

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nonau55Dec. 29, 13 8:00 PM

About time to stop locking people up for pot. Crime and violence would only go down, since smoking pot makes people relax, not want to fight. The whole prohibition came about from Dupont industries not wanting competition of its nylon products.

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