Colorado just inched itself further in the direction of Amsterdam, legally if not physically.
Small measures to allow a kind of "pot tourism" were given the go-ahead Tuesday by a marijuana task force formed following last year's vote to make the drug legal in the Rocky Mountain State. The Associated Pressreports on the group's formal recommendations, which will involve warning visitors at airports and borders that they can't take the green home with them:
- Non-residents of Colorado should be allowed to purchase marijuana in shops, but the quantity that non-residents can purchase in a transaction should be limited
- Only Colorado residents should be allowed to apply for a license to open a marijuana store
- Marijuana should not be sold through state-run stores (like the way Utah sells liquor)
Of course, the above must be agreed to by the state legislature before college kids returning from Colorado can be suspected en masse of hiding something in their shampoo bottles...
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It makes one wonder...hunting is also a large industry in Colorado. Consuming alcohol while hunting is illegal. How about consuming pot while hunting? Old saying: "alcohol and gun power don't mix." How about pot and gun powder?
I think a big difference between getting stoned and getting drunk is that when you are too stoned to do something, you know you are too stoned to do it. But when you are too drunk to do something, you think you can fly while doing it.
Last I heard, the BATF decided that anyone with a medical marijuana card was automatically forbidden to own a gun.(The NRA, btw, was notably silent about that judgment.) Since Colorado legalized it for recreational use without a registration card, I think, I'm not sure how the feds would police it but their take seems to be "smoke a joint, you're a felon."
@Zazziness I think you are right. Because its illegal federally. I think we are wasting a ton of money trying to enforce pot laws. I don't know anyone that smokes that is worried about getting caught. I personally would hire a pot smoker over a drunk.
how about when your job does drug tests or if you get in an accident and the cops want to test you,hhow does that work,?i know walmart does a drug test if you have an on the job accident,most companies have an pre hiring drug test?whhat about truck drivers,thats federal?
@MongoAPillager The big deal here is that even if you don't use the stuff you will now be subject to second hand smoke when anyone else tokes up. That will cause you to test positive if you get piss popped after being around someone using. The way these Colorado folks talk they all want to do it.
That was fast. They just stopped pot tourism early last year. When sweetie was there last June she was told that they were requiring proof of residency to purchase. And they were also really cracking down on residents for not carrying proof. Sweetie’s friend chewed out a cop who gave a ticket to a lady who was taking out her trash. That was in Maastrict.(?sp)
@Thunderchicken well i read this in the press, i wasn't there, bu my impression was the article was talking specifically about coty of amsterdam, which probably relies on the revenue more then other cities in holland. I could be wrong on this, i wasn't there, and an in person report is more valuable then a news story, cause we know the press never gets things wrong!
I have to say that if I were to want to live in a quasi socialistic country, it would be the Netherlands. I don’t like all the weird restrictions and taxes that Francis (sweetie’s friend who lives there) has told us about. But from sweetie’s first visit and what Francis has said, it sounds like a very laid back and pleasent place.
This just cracks me up. Ah the perils of Pauline. Pot tourism. Get it while you can. Take a trip and never leave the farm. Payday pot loans. What could some of the advertising slogans be?
1.) This is not your father's smoke. 2.) Have you been stoned today? 3.) We're not talking just altitude anymore in Colorado 4.) Visit the highest place in America 5.) Ski Stoner run in Vail 6.) Pardon me would you have any Grey Kush? But of course. 7.) Vacation at the highest place in the Rockies 8.) Colorado: One toke over the line 9.) "I love you man". But you're still not getting my bud 10.) Colorado: Where it's 4:20/24/7/365
We tax alcohol and we can tax pot. We have to find revenues and Pot is here to stay. Earmarking the Pot Tax to fund the unfunded State Pension tsunamis is a very good idea. Unfunded Pensions already forcing 30 cities in Calif to prepare for Municipal Bankruptcy and L.A. will go Bankrupty when the Tsunami hits in 2016. Better to tax Pot than over tax citizens.
Smart. Very smart. We need to decriminalize ALL drugs. That way we destabilize the drug cartels and the inner city gang killings over drug turf. With the money we save on not fighting "the drug war" (yeah, right) we can devote more resources and cash to prevention programs, and treatment not just for drug addicts, but for mentally ill individuals with a history of violent behavior.