As an editorial in the Denver Post says...
If you're wondering about all the news coverage of the impending opening of retail marijuana outlets, it's because the event really is a big deal. Colorado on Wednesday will become the first place in the world — we repeat, in the world — where it will be fully legal to sell marijuana to anyone over 21 in licensed retail outlets. more
The Denver Post is certainly jumping on the weed bandwagon. They have hired its first ever marijuana editor and started their own site dedicated to the culture of cannabis...The Cannabist. Not bad, sort of a High Times lite but will cover the local events and personalities. Reviews of strains and products too. Every town needs something like it after legalization. The mainstreaming of marijuana. Who woulda thunk it?
Colorado's experiment is not perfect. Certainly not as laissez-faire as many would liked to have seen but much better tha what we.ve been dealing with for decades. Personal choice harassment may be on the way out.
There are some warning signs. I don't recall the exact show but it was feature on Colorado's cannabis culture and one of the ground floor entrepreneurs interviewed admitted he was hoping to one day sell his business to a big corporation and make himself a millionaire. We can easily predict what would follow going down that path.
Anything that puts a dent in the fraudulent war on drugs has potential for some real good though. As long as there are always provisions for personal grows, individuals can opt out of the commercialization if they so choose. Unless the price of pot gets too high through tax greed, the cartels, our government/bankers and the Mexicans, are going to see a large drop off in profits. If there's one thing that the US can still be number one in besides drone bombing wedding parties, it's in the growing of fine cannabis.
Perhaps 2014 will even see Colorado lead the country into a new era of industrial hemp production. That could be a very positive development.
Anyway, Jan. 1 is a day to celebrate, even for those of us in places that repress freedom. The seeds of cannabis acceptance have been planted and they will spread. Who knows? ....maybe we can even work on some other problems that need our urgent attention.
Like this one as shown in the graphic below.There's no shortage of things that need fixing. Most won't be quite as easy as being finally able to grow a plant but we don't have the half a century we have been waiting to begin to resolve the marijuana issue. 2014...it will be interesting.