Marijuana giveaways raise interesting questions

A new Colorado law OKs recreational use of pot, but selling it remains illegal. However, a loophole is prompting some questionable business practices.

By Bruce Kennedy Feb 18, 2013 4:34PM

Marijuana plants at a grow house in Denver on Nov. 8, 2012 (© Ed Andrieski/AP Photo)Here's one way to increase foot traffic at your out-of-the-way store: offer a free gift of marijuana with every purchase of $30 or more.


That's the approach one Colorado “head shop” is taking. The Denver Post reports the shop recently put an ad on Craigslist in an effort to attract more customers to its relatively remote site near the city's Sports Authority Field at Mile High (insert your joke here).


"The marijuana is not for sale," the store's owner told the Post. "You're actually purchasing smoking accessories, tobacco, T-shirts, fine art. As a gift for them patronizing our store, we're giving them 2 grams of marijuana for free.... It's just an incentive."


The offer, and others like it, are also coming under scrutiny from both sides of the cannabis issue in Colorado. And it could have an impact on the future of marijuana sales elsewhere in the U.S.


Voters in the state passed Amendment 64 last November, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults. You can also legally "gift" a certain amount of marijuana to someone else. But it's still illegal in Colorado to buy or sell cannabis for recreational purposes -- at least until next year, when communities can decide to allow or ban local retail pot shops.


Medical marijuana is already legal and a big business in Colorado, and this acceptance, along with the apparent legal loophole in Amendment 64 has, for the moment, encouraged others in the cannabis industry to try their luck with "free" pot.


A Colorado Springs delivery service recently came under law enforcement scrutiny for offering door-to-door marijuana deliveries in exchange for "suggested donation[s] towards researching [marijuana] and improving our cultivation operation,” according to the city's Independent newspaper,


Some cannabis-oriented clubs also offer free marijuana -- after you pay an admission fee.


Supporters of Amendment 64 say there's some legal backing for the concept of trading marijuana without "remuneration" for a service, donation or item.


But marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and local law enforcement officials in Colorado are wise to the game as well.


"If I show up at your house with less than an ounce of marijuana, I'm 21, you're 21, and I say, 'Hey dude, it cost me 50 bucks in gas to get over here,' and you give me 50 bucks for my gas, there's nothing illegal," Lt. Mark Comte with Colorado Springs Police told the Independent.


"I mean, you and I both know what's going on with it,” he said, “but they know what the loopholes are right now."


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Feb 18, 2013 6:31PM
Feb 18, 2013 6:30PM
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They just did a controlled study to see the affects of smoking MJ, and driving in Washington St and had 3 different type of consumers.  One who smoked daily, one who was a weekend smoker, and one who just started smoking.  They had an idea of what they thought was an under the influence level.  And got blown away when they were driving just fine on 13 times the amount allowed.  And said they really need to re-look at this issue.  They are trying to look at it as alcohol, and it is not.  Like has been said,  smokers go from point A to the munchies and home again. Usually at the speed limit or just under, with little to no road rage.  Never speed (drive) unless other substances are added to it like alcohol.  The Feds need to get their head out of their A**'s and look at the Real Whole Picture, not the propaganda, and lobbyists' agenda and info.  Like the beer & wine people who think smoking will cut into their profits......Never have I heard someone say no I don't want a beer I just smoked some MJ.  Hell usually it's yes I have cotton mouth.  This entire issue is messed up.
Feb 18, 2013 6:26PM
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Wait until one of the kids of a politician are killed because of pot. Then we'll see what happens.
Feb 18, 2013 6:25PM
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My kids learn all their livess to stay away from drugs and now the good people of CO want to say that's ok, take drugs. What the hell is wrong with these people. They are advocating that my kids take drugs. We're supposed to sit back and not fight that? No way. FU CO.
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Colorado you elected a Gov who made his priorities developing the Front Range and corridors instead of protecting the State you reside in...and on top of that he hired illegals in his restaurant...one of which brutally murdered a Denver Police Officer who had a new baby...the wife of the Gov when interviewed didn't even seem bothered...it was just something else to write about for her... tell that to the child who will never know his father. 

  Illegals aka LaRaza=666=The Race...the predominance of those whom are cowards, deceptive EVIL Traitors Within giving it all away making our Open Borders CriminalIllegal Alien Invaders their priority---just like ROme...when it burned...

  Do Unto Others As You WOuld Have THem Do Unto YOU void in the above examples like those with the "sanctuary cities" from government to churches....

  Meanwhile, you dare send our sons, daughters, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, mothers, fathers, even grandmothers and grandfathers off to foreign soil as US Military each generation to be systematically sacrificed for the Open Borders Criminal Illegal Alien Invaders...

  Harbinger warned...your souls are bought and paid for one-way Devil to El Infierno direct...eternally.

 

Feb 18, 2013 6:20PM
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Potheads can go straight to hell. They are a disgusting group of human garbage. Let any of them try to give my kids pot and that will be one of the last things they do.
Feb 18, 2013 6:16PM
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The only way to find out how this new law will work is to start it up and let it run a little.  KUDOS to law enforcement for not getting caught up in the urge to take down early entrepreneurs trying to figure out a way to capitalize on this opportunity.  The more early participants we have in the marketplace, the less likely the market will be dominated by large financial interests, and the wider the economic benefits.
Feb 18, 2013 6:15PM
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Way overdue...no pun intended...

 

The feds are wrong and they know it.

Feb 18, 2013 6:12PM
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We never went through all this crap in the 60's. Smoke em if ya got em!  Can't wait to walk into the store oneday and ask for a pack of " Mind Fckers "  
Feb 18, 2013 6:11PM
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How can there be loopholes when the FEDS> say it is illegal?? Then can states and towns just ignore Federal Laws and legalize Machine guns, or Meth or whatever comes up? I dont care either way on the pot issue but how can a State override Federal Law?
Feb 18, 2013 6:06PM
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It's amazing none of our President's haven't pushed for legalization.  We're filling up prisons and releasing violent criminals because there aren't enough beds.  Legalize pot and coke and generate revenue, reduce crime and maybe take real thugs off the streets.
Feb 18, 2013 6:03PM
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@truth Speaker180 seems you do not speak the truth!!!! If as you claim hemp cure cancer 100% inside the body and out why are so many people who are using it as there only medicine dying. I know for a fact two people that thought it was there "cure' all as you claim well they are no longer alive. Hemp does not cure cancer 100% and for you to claim that it does is not the truth. No matter how you feel about this as a drug, no drug is a cure all to any disease nor can it replace all pharmaceuticals!  I have done the research! To say that any one doubts Gods drug wow seems God put the people on this Earth to create every drug out there as well as those that grow in the earth. So the truth be told they are all Gods drugs just like we are all Gods children! Gods creates people who then in turn use there talents to create may things like the computer you use. Hemp can not cure may disease just lesson the pain like fibromyalgia, nor is it a cure for Alzheimer's, or diabetes,or lupus, or sickle cell anemia or many very rare cancers to name a few diseases for you that hemp can not touch nor help!!! Tell the truth! No matter what you think about hemp or maraijuana it is not a cure all nor will it bring peace to the world!
Feb 18, 2013 6:03PM
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It should be 100% legal in Colorado, Washington and everywhere else!!!! it is our CORRUPT incarceration oriented government that wants to keep it illegal. So they can continue the Nazi "war on Drugs". Their are ALL traitors to the Constitution!!!
Feb 18, 2013 5:50PM
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There's always going to be some sh!t head somewhere trying to fcuk your sh!t up cuz they dont like it.

 

Feb 18, 2013 5:48PM
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truthspeaker you are so full of deluded ^%$# you're making crackheads sound bright and educated. marijuana does not cure cancer you brain dead moron. when you're posting 100% pure stupidity, you are to be commended for even learning how to turn a computer on.
Feb 18, 2013 5:35PM
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Nice to hear at least one cop using COMMON SENSE when discussing the pot issue.   He knows the law, and most businesses with ties to pot know the law as well.    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  There are plenty of REAL criminals to go after out there!

Feb 18, 2013 5:28PM
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Rick Simpsons Run from the cure series on the web shows hemp oil curing cancer.  The federal FDA has patented the Thc and the CBD oils that cure many diseases.  Dont believe me.  Here are the patents held by the US Federal FDA that you just cant imagine can you.  Read this and quit letting your loved ones get sick and die because nothing more would please this government than to see you perish with monies owed to you on SSI.  What a joke this nation of thieves, murderers, and liars, that run our country.

FDA Patent number titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Please read all this that pertains to the diseases that Hemp will cure.  Here is the link to that information.  You could replace all pharaceuticals across the board with this medicine.  Medicine people, not bad drugs as the government has suggested.  They know of its healing powers and lie to you about them. 

I love all mankind and everyone in the world deserves to know this TRUTH!.  It will set you free people.






Feb 18, 2013 5:22PM
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great idea to give a free sample with the hardware...what do i get for free at the lingerie shop??
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Definitely not a State on my Bucket List now that I've retired. Shows you where their elected officials priorities lie i.e. tax revenue to keep their jobs and not doing the right things for children. Rocky Mountain High is a DISGRACE.  

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