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January 3, 2014

Here’s the first person to ever purchase legal, non-medical marijuana in Colorado, USA

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 3, 2014 9:53 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Oops! There goes ten points off his IQ!

Posted by: newton at January 3, 2014 10:08 AM

10 points of his iQ isn't going to be good.

Posted by: finai at January 3, 2014 10:29 AM

10 points off? that will bring it to ZERO.

Posted by: Doug at January 3, 2014 11:02 AM

Look at that fake smile, he knows it is foolish. Should have been the second person fifth or maybe not at all.

Posted by: Potsie at January 3, 2014 11:52 AM

You will see that same goofy guy in about fifteen years, greeting you with the same smile, "Welcome to Costco. I love you. Welcome to Costco. I love you."

Posted by: newton at January 3, 2014 2:37 PM

I haven't heard from anyone in Colorado since this began. I suspect it's a state-wide be-in or something.

Posted by: leejohnson at January 3, 2014 3:17 PM

"Finally!!" ….he exclaims! "I'm first at something"!

Posted by: Jack at January 3, 2014 3:35 PM

You have to admit, the one thing this country needs more of are people with less energy, the munchies, and a fuzzier mind.
/sarcasm

Posted by: Scott M at January 3, 2014 3:37 PM

Scott... what makes you think there will be more of them? If it became legal in your state would you or anyone you know start smoking?

The same people that used it before will use it after, the only difference is the state isn't wasting millions on trying to put them in jail. If you support big government and big spending then stand behind the war on drugs. If you want more freedom, less government and less spending stand behind the legalization of it. You don't have to use the stuff, you just have to have a desire to want more freedom and less government.

Posted by: Potsie at January 3, 2014 4:18 PM

If it became un-illegal here I would start growing and using, immediately.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 3, 2014 8:17 PM

Just read a news report of a two year old who was taken to the hospital in Colorado after eating a cookie she found on the ground. I would imagine that many more reports like this will emerge in the future.

Posted by: Will at January 4, 2014 7:09 AM

According to my more pot-friendly friends, 300 bucks an ounce is idiotically expensive. Proof that smoking weed makes you stupid.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 4, 2014 10:41 AM

So Ray Romano is now such a has-been that he has to be the first to buy legalized dope to somehow keep in the limelight? Talk about a come-down ...

Posted by: Grizzly at January 4, 2014 1:59 PM

Yes, I know people that have told me they would smoke pot if they weren't afraid of getting arrested or fired if their boss picked them for a drug test.

Somehow most people decide not to park illegally because of the fine, but making pot legal isn't supposed to have any effect. As Bill Mahr once asked: what color is the sky on your planet?

Posted by: Scott M at January 4, 2014 7:31 PM

I'm enough of a libertarian that I am skeptical of the long-term harm of smoking pot versus the long-term costs of trying to make it illegal (not to mention the general erosion of freedoms). I don't smoke pot; but I drink booze or beer either, but that doesn't mean I'm an proponent of prohibition. I'm curious to see how this all plays out over time. Who knows, maybe the potheads will be dazed enough that they will forget to go to the polls during elections. It's good to start out with a limited experimental site, like Colorado.

Posted by: Grizzly at January 4, 2014 8:04 PM

Make that, "... but I *don't* drink booze or beer ..." Damn fingers.

Posted by: Grizzly at January 4, 2014 9:07 PM

Scott M - If pot was legal, it wouldn't stop employers doing drug tests if employees' state of intoxication or otherwise really mattered - when driving a forklift, for example. The same applies to booze, incidentally. Booze is legal; it doesn't mean you're allowed to drive a bus while drunk.

BTW, the man in the picture is certainly not the first to buy pot legally in the USA. It was legal for the whole of the 19th century and a little beyond.

And incidentally, or perhaps not, the hysteria surrounding Cannabis sativa makes it a great deal more difficult and expensive (for regulatory reasons) to grow the extremely useful (or at least, potentially so) hemp plant - whose fibres have all manner of uses. In fact, there is considerable evidence that one of the reasons why there is so much hysteria is because William Randolph Hearst put out large amounts of propaganda in the 1930s - to protect his investments in woodpulp and nylon, for both of which hemp is a potential competitor.

Oh, the joys of capitalism...

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at January 4, 2014 10:49 PM

What the future holds regarding the weed selling in Colorado and potentially elsewhere.
We can't know for sure, but we can look at the patterns established in other gov't controlled enterprises.

1. Pricing will go thru the moon for the *licensed* stuff and *under the table stuff* will be priced more in line with what people believe to be right.
2. Unlicensed sellers will be charged as criminals, like they were BEFORE the gov't decided to start selling.
3. The quality of the gov't product will drop drastically forcing people to consider other sources.
4. Management will become top heavy and too costly with the costs passed onto the dwindling customers.
5. Eventually the costs of providing this newly necessary product will be paid for by taxation at large.
6. The NSA tracking of purchasers will become too much to bear.
7. LEO's will harass purchasers.

I would be reluctant to involve myself in any gov't controlled weed selling enterprise, especially if I was already involved with private entities.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 5, 2014 11:46 AM

Scott M, you constantly prove how ignorant and how big of a statist you are.

Posted by: Potsie at January 5, 2014 6:22 PM

@ghostsniper: The NSA wouldn't give a hoot who sells or buys weed in the US. The FBI and the ATF might be another story.

Posted by: Grizzly at January 5, 2014 7:34 PM

@Grizzly, who do you think the FBI and ATF are getting their info from? It's not possible to over estimate the criminality of this gov't.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 5, 2014 7:43 PM

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