9 problems pot sellers face

With medical marijuana now common, and outright legalization on the table, cannabis is a growth business. But would-be merchants face unique problems.

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Dec 19, 2012 1:16AM

I am 41 years old have two children and work two full time jobs.  I smoke every day and have for more than 20 years.  I have tried other substances over the years, not because I wanted a better high or the pot wasn't doing it for me.  I was just curious, been there done that over it.  I have never been arrested, knock on wood, I couldn't tell you the last time I had a beverage with alcohol in it, because I don't really drink.    That's me, there are other smokers that fit the typical profile of a pot head.  That's all well and good.  Maybe they are wasting their "life" in your opinion or enjoying it it others.  But you know what they are not doing?  They are not getting in a car and doing drivebys, they are not holding up banks to get money for a little weed.  They are sitting on their couch watching South Park and eating Fritos.  If that's what they want to do with their lives the so be it.  But realistically, all those opposed to legalization or who see pot users through "Reefer Madness" colored glasses.  Need to worry about themselves, Life is hard enough people no use in making it harder by holding court on others.

Dec 19, 2012 12:52AM
Many states have realized that instead of spending massive amounts of money on law enforcement, prosecution, and incarceration of small MJ users, they can simply tax the heck out of it and let the cops go after the heroin and crack addicts.

The feds should step up and at least agree.


Dec 18, 2012 8:07PM
I seldom smoke....but when I do...I prefer Acapulco Gold with my Dos Equis!  Stay high my friends and don't forget to share your joint with the ladies!
Dec 19, 2012 6:20AM

I'ts time for Americans to tell these tight  as--d Politicians to quit getting rich at the Peoples expense, and get their nose out of Medicine! I'm sick of old men telling women how to use thier Vaginas, and all of us what to do.  As long as people aren't hurting anyone, what's the BIG Deal?  WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS ARE HONEST POLITICIANS, NOT THE PRESENT CROP OF HYPOCRITES.

It's ok for these fat cats to continue to mishandle the Peoples money, many of whom are addicted to cocaine, and allcohol, but we're not allowed to unwind and smoke a joint after a hards days work?  This is  Bulls--t! The biggest Criminals in the World can be found in the Halls of Americas Congress and Senate!




Dec 18, 2012 10:46PM
I live in CO and I will be going back to smoking pot.  BTW?  I'm a 58 year old woman who grew up in the Woodstock era.  Peace : )
Dec 18, 2012 8:56PM
There is probably not a more polarizing issue in the US today than mariju****galization.  People who support legalization are those who have smoked, are smoking, will smoke if it becomes legal, or have a medical problem that is effectively helped by marijuana.  Those against legalization are those who have never smoked, will never smoke even if it becomes legal, or who do not like the sensations produced.  Any thinking individual would acknowledge that morally, there is no difference between smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol.  But it comes down to this:  Until the federal government passes legislation removing marijuana from the controlled-substances list, and passes further legislation with a clear statement that the federal government will not prosecute for marijuana "offenses", it will continue to be an uphill battle for full and unfettered legalization.  No one could argue that the taxes collected from legalization would help strapped states address their revenue problems.  The federal government should concentrate on national issues, and allow the states to address this issue within their own borders.
Dec 18, 2012 10:50PM
Yes indeed.  Put your big kid pants on and enjoy.  I myself will look forward to watching this ego friendly business bloom.  Resturants, Bakery, Medicine, Oil, Paper, Fabric, Rope, Fiber.  How sweet it is.  Its about time,
Dec 18, 2012 11:37PM
let it grow, let it grow, let it grow
Dec 19, 2012 5:59AM
Problem #10 - No twinkees on the shelves
Dec 19, 2012 12:50AM
One really interesting thing is that the more focus that is placed on this issue the better it is for marijuana advocates. If it were to go to the supreme court (and it will), the truth will be exposed about the benefits of marijuana and many myths will be dispelled. The potheads have a better argument that withstands scrutiny. There is a lot of empirical evidence to support the benefits of legalization. When you consider it is placed as a schedule 1 drug along side cocaine and heroin and you look at the effects of those drugs compared to the effects of marijuana the supreme court will have to remove it. The facts back it up. Its not physically addictive. It has many beneficial properties. It does very little harm to the body. I mean seriously alcohol is legal.. and is far worse for your body. As far as the so called problems the marijuana industry will have, I have to laugh. The overhead problems and space problems are not a problem for any farmer. Marijuana is a valuable cash crop FACT.  There is a huge demand for it. It is basic economics. Where there is a demand someone will create a supply. Why not tax it and help the states out. My advice is invest in it over the next few years because it will be federally legal within 5-10 years or sooner. The credit card companies and banks will fall in line as soon as $$$$ appear in their eyes. One last thing the drug war is a joke and a huge expense and its done nothing but cost taxpayers money. It fills our prisons with nonviolent pot offenders that have no other crimes associated with them and then tax payers have to support these inmates for no good reason.
Dec 18, 2012 8:38PM
I'm moving to "blue dream"  Colorado
Dec 18, 2012 11:09PM
Most of the problems mentioned in the article is a direct result of the Federal governments intrasigence and obsquifacation. They are bullies and they are protecting their corporate masters. Relegalize marijuana. Start by taking it completely out of the Scheduling lie.
Dec 19, 2012 1:12AM
It's great that we finally are getting somewhere with legalizing weed. Many highs can be enjoyed peacefully soon
Dec 18, 2012 11:02PM

Growing pot is no vacation.  It's hard work, diligence, intelligence and plain old getting dirty.  I thought setting up a grow op in Colorado would be the answer of my financial woe's.  Personally, I think it's easier to paint houses which is my profession. 


I know many people involved in the MJ industry in Colorado and they work their butts off.  There's still no free lunch and growing MJ is no vacation.  JMHO   smithoman nederland colorado

Dec 19, 2012 12:27AM
If they say it's like alcohol, just license it through the state ABC office. Same kind of paperwork. Same ID check, the booze dealers are already used to this. Same procedures. No reason to be different.
Dec 19, 2012 12:31AM
"The blossoming medical marijuana industry is legal in 18 states"

Truly amazing how healthy everyone is getting.
Dec 19, 2012 7:12AM

I am not a smoker, but frankly I think what ppl do to their own bodies is their business, whatever it may be with. If I were ever to get cancer, diabetes, or anxiety issues I would definitely start smoking. I know the benefits, but I don't need it so I don't use it. It should be the ppls choice however.

Your article is misleading at best. You may want to consult with dispensaries and such before reporting on the subject.

The 10th amendment allows States laws to supersede Federal, so as for the Federal gov't not to gain complete control and abuse it's power. Though the Feds are already abusing their power by raiding dispensaries and charging owners and workers and confiscating all their products....it's disgusting really. 

Check out NJWeedman and his Jury nullification case in New Jersey... the word should be spread that this is an option. He's now in California and the Feds are on his **** yet again... abuse of power at it's worst.

It can also be quite economical to grow if you know how to do it with small space and with the least use of utilities as possible.

Dec 19, 2012 3:52AM
legalize it, tax it, pay off the national debt!
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